The United States has sentenced a supporter of former President Donald Trump, who took part in a protest outside the walls of the Capitol in Washington on January 6. Then the protesters managed to break into the building and disrupt the work of the parliament.
According to the court decision, 54-year-old Florida resident Robert Scott Palmer will spend five years and three months behind bars. He will also pay $ 2,000 in damages, and after his release, he will be under supervision for three years. writes Tampa Bay Times. This is the harshest sentence to date in the storming of the Capitol. This is also the first conviction on charges of assaulting a law enforcement officer using a weapon or other dangerous object. transfers CNN.
Judge Tanya Chatken stressed that the verdict will be a warning to those planning new unrest in the upcoming presidential elections. “Every day there are reports that members of anti-democratic groups are planning violent actions in 2024. (Therefore) it must be clearly stated that attempts to interfere with the peaceful transfer of power and to attack law enforcement officials will be punishable, ”she said.
Earlier, Chatken sentenced six more defendants in the case of the storming of the Capitol. All of them also received prison sentences, the smallest of which was 14 days.
Palmer’s defense drew attention to extenuating circumstances, which included the defendant’s difficult childhood and his letter of remorse. In it, Palmer argued that Donald Trump betrayed his trust by inciting his supporters to act with false claims about “stolen victory” in elections and citizens’ duty to “resist tyranny.” Later, Palmer, according to him, realized that it was Trump and his entourage who pushed the country towards tyranny with such rhetoric, as they sought to retain power at any cost and sow confusion.
According to the investigation, on the day of the storming of the Capitol, Palmer threw boards, a fire extinguisher and other objects at the policemen guarding the building. Then he tried to enter the building of the US Congress, but the guards sprayed pepper gas. Then Palmer again began throwing various objects at law enforcement officers and was wounded in the stomach with a rubber bullet.
Later, Palmer, who came to the Capitol in a jacket with the image of the American flag, was calculated from video recordings and photographs.
On January 6, 2021, supporters of Donald Trump after the rally broke into the Capitol, where a meeting of both houses of Congress was taking place. The Senate and House of Representatives confirmed the electoral votes, which in December confirmed the victory of Trump’s Democrat rival Joe Biden in the presidential election. The storming of the Capitol killed five people, including a police officer. Air Force veteran Ashley Babbitt, who was shot by a police officer, was also among the dead.
After the riots in the premises of the Congress, where protesters entered, explosive devices were found. The US Department of Justice estimated the damage from the riots at $ 1.5 million. About 150 people were prosecuted.