A federal judge on Wednesday sentenced two men to 45 days in jail for misdemeanor charges over their participation in the Jan. 6 Capitol riot.
Derek Jancart, an Air Force veteran, and Erik Rau both pleaded guilty to one count of disorderly conduct in the Capitol, which carries a maximum sentence of six months in jail.
Prosecutors had asked U.S. District Court Judge James Boasberg, an Obama appointee, to sentence both defendants to four months in jail, arguing that while neither was accused of committing any violence or destruction during the riot, they had encouraged it on Jan. 6 and showed a lack of remorse in the immediate aftermath of the insurrection.
Boasberg said during a hearing on Wednesday the factors for each defendant necessitated a lighter sentence but acknowledged that all of the charges “related to the January 6 insurrection are serious.”
“You attempted with others to undermine one of our country’s bedrock acts, which is the peaceful transfer of power following a democratic election,” the judge said during Jancart’s sentencing. (Read more from “Two Capitol Protesters Sentenced to 45 Days in Jail on Misdemeanor Charges” HERE)
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