And far right activist He was sentenced this Monday in Washington to more than seven years in prison for participating in the assault on the Capitol on January 6, 2021, the highest sentence to date. Guy Reffitt, 49, member of the group “Three Percenters”was found guilty in March, mainly for having obstructed the work of Congress and the police, in the first trial on this assault.
He was at the head of the first group what attacked the seat of Congress and contributed to forcing police lines. According to prosecutors, he was wearing a pistol, a bulletproof vest, a helmet and plastic handcuffs. After being hit by irritant gas, he backed off when hundreds of Donald Trump supporters caused chaos inside the Capitol, delaying the certification of Joe Biden’s presidential victory.
“I didn’t go in, but I helped start the fire”, the Texas-born oil industry employee boasted in a video. Upon his return to Wylie, near Dallas, he threatened his two children so they would not report him to the police. “Traitors, we kill them”said in one conversation recorded and transmitted to the FBI by his 19-year-old son, Jackson.
During the trial, the accusation was based on videos in which he appearedin the front row, haranguing the crowd calling him “leader”.
Since the attack more than 850 people have been arrestedof which 330 have pleaded guilty and only about ten have been tried in trials. So far, some 100 prison sentences.