WASHINGTON (AP) — A Tennessee man who authorities say got here to Washington forward of the Jan. 6, 2021, riot ready for violence in a automobile stuffed with weapons and assaulted officers who had been making an attempt to defend the Capitol was sentenced Friday to greater than 5 years behind bars.
Ronald Sandlin, 35, of Millington, Tennessee, pleaded responsible in September to conspiracy to hinder an official continuing and assaulting, resisting, or impeding officers.
Two different males had been individually every sentenced Friday to 4 years in jail Friday for his or her actions linked to the riot.
Sandlin, who authorities say adhered to the QAnon conspiracy idea, and two different males traveled from Tennessee to the Washington space in a rental automobile full of two pistols, two magazines of ammunition, cans of bear mace, gasoline masks, physique armor, a number of knives and different gear, in line with prosecutors.
Two days earlier than the rebellion, Sandlin posted on social media an image of one other man mendacity on mattress holding a gun and wrote: “My fellow patriot … sleeping prepared for the boogaloo Jan 6,” in line with court docket papers. Authorities say “boogaloo” referred to to civil warfare.
On Jan. 6, prosecutors say Sandlin led the mob’s cost towards officers at two factors on the Capitol, shoved officers and tried to tear the helmet off of considered one of them. He shouted at officers: “Your life just isn’t value it.. you’re going to die, get out of the way in which,” in line with court docket papers.
Contained in the constructing, Sandlin smoked a marijuana joint within the Rotunda of the Capitol and stole a ebook from an workplace, prosecutors say.
Sandlin’s lawyer wrote in court docket papers that his consumer “allowed himself to imagine in lies and disinformation.” In a letter to the choose, Sandlin apologized to the officers he assaulted and the lawmakers on the Capitol.
“I imagine January 6, 2021 was a nationwide tragedy for everybody concerned and I hope my judgement will assist the therapeutic course of transferring ahead,” he wrote.
Individually on Friday, Nicholas Ochs, 36, the founding father of the Hawaii Proud Boys chapter, and Nicholas DeCarlo, 32, a Fort Price, Texas man who was with Ochs on Jan. 6, had been every sentenced to 4 years in jail for his or her roles within the riot.
Ochs, a onetime Republican candidate for the Hawaii Home of Representatives, and DeCarlo both pleaded guilty in September to obstructing Congress’ certification of the vote.
Ochs and DeCarlo had been captured in a extensively shared picture giving a thumbs up check in entrance of a Capitol door that had been defaced with the phrases “Homicide the Media,” — the identify of the social media channel they shared. Authorities say DeCarlo scrawled the phrases on the door.
They attended the “Cease the Steal” rally close to the White Home on the morning of Jan. 6 after which marched collectively to the Capitol.
Video exhibits them throwing smoke grenades towards a line of police making an attempt to maintain the mob from the stage arrange for Biden’s inauguration, authorities say. DeCarlo additionally rummaged by way of a Capitol police officer’s bag and stole a pair of plastic handcuffs, prosecutors mentioned.
Ochs posted on Twitter an image of the lads smoking cigarettes contained in the Capitol, and the caption mentioned: “Whats up from the Capital lol,” in line with court docket papers.
Ochs’ legal professional, Ed MacMahon, mentioned in court docket papers that his consumer, who served within the Marines, “regrets and is deeply embarrassed by his juvenile habits exhibited on the Capitol.” After the listening to, MacMahon known as the punishment a “lengthy jail sentence for any person that didn’t commit a single act of violence.”
DeCarlo’s lawyer wrote that his consumer has expressed regret and “as a way to assist make amends” voluntarily carried out a prolonged interview with the Home committee investigating the assault.
Ochs and DeCarlo are amongst dozens of members and associates of the Proud Boys who’ve been charged within the Capitol riot.
The group’s former nationwide chairman, Enrique Tarrio, and different leaders are set to stand trial this month on seditious conspiracy and different severe expenses for what authorities allege was a plot to cease the switch of presidential energy from Republican Donald Trump to Democrat Joe Biden.
Greater than 900 individuals have been charged within the riot with offenses starting from misdemeanors for illegally getting into the Capitol to seditious conspiracy.
The longest sentence to date has been 10 years in prison for a former New York City police officer who used a metal flagpole to assault an officer at the Capitol.
Final month, Oath Keepers founder Stewart Rhodes and the chief of the group’s Florida chapter Kelly Meggs were convicted of seditious conspiracy for his or her roles within the riot. They’re awaiting sentencing.