Jan 6 rioter gets more than 5 years in prison


A Capitol rioter who attacked police officers on Jan 6, 2021, was given a sentence of over five years in jail on Friday for a number of offenses related to his behavior before and on that day, The Hill reports.

Ronald Sandlin, 35, of Millington, Tennessee, was given a sentence of “63 months in prison and three years of supervised release” for conspiring to impede an official procedure and for attacking, restraining, or obstructing police during the incident, according to a Justice Department (DOJ) statement.

According to court records, starting in December 2020, Sandlin and two other conspirators intended to obstruct the peaceful transfer of power. He announced on Facebook that he was setting up a caravan to go to Washington, D.C., on Jan 6 on December 31.

According to the DOJ, Sandlin and the other conspirators began scheming on the same day they started a Facebook discussion.

The DOJ claims that Sandlin and the other two accomplices proceeded to the Capitol while donning gas and face masks, helmets, and shin guards. According to the police, Sandlin was also carrying a knife.

“You’re going to die, get out of the way,” Sandlin shouted to the officers, according to the DOJ. 

In September, Sandlin entered a guilty plea to the counts he was facing. Each of Sandlin’s accomplices has admitted guilt to the charges brought against them and is awaiting punishment.

Along with his prison term, Sandlin also had to make compensation of $2,000 to the victim. In addition to seeking for a 63-month term, the prosecution also wanted him to pay a $20,000 fine.

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