Assault on the Capitol: a supporter of Donald Trump sentenced to five years in prison

Cap “Florida for Trump” On his head and jacket in the colors of the American flag, Robert Scott Palmer, 54, threw boards, a fire extinguisher and other objects at the police during the assault on the Capitol on January 6. He was sentenced, Friday, December 17, to five years in prison. This is the heaviest sentence handed down so far in the multiple proceedings initiated following these events.

That day, this supporter of Donald Trump had tried to enter the emblematic building of American democracy. Pushed back by the pepper spray used by security, he continued to throw all kinds of projectiles at the police, until he was hit by a rubber bullet.

Federal Judge Tanya Chutkan rejected his handwritten apology in which he claimed he was duped by the former president, whom he called “Tyrannical”. “I realized that we had been lied to”, he wrote, referring to supporters of President Trump.

But the prosecution had pointed out that after those convictions recorded in October, Mr Palmer had defended his action that day, while the description accompanying an online fundraiser launched to support him blamed the violence on the police. .

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“Sabotaging a democratic election”

“Mr. Palmer knowingly joined a group of rioters with the specific intention of interfering in the national electoral process”, recalled the indictment in a document for judges. “Mr. Palmer’s violence was intended to further his political goal: to sabotage a democratic election and the peaceful transition of power”, added the prosecution.

On January 6, thousands of Mr. Trump’s supporters rushed to Congress, entering by force to prevent elected officials from certifying Joe Biden’s victory in the presidential election.

To date, the heaviest sentence for these events had been forty-one months in prison (just over three years), handed down against two men found guilty of obstructing process. More than 700 people are being prosecuted as a result of the attack, most of them for minor offenses, such as unauthorized entry into the Capitol.

But several dozen of them are also targeted by more serious prosecutions, accused in particular of assault, use of lethal weapon and criminal conspiracy.

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Assault on the Capitol: a supporter of Donald Trump sentenced to five years in prison

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