Justice Department to seek longest sentence in any Jan. 6 Capitol riot case to date

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The Ministry of Justice will ask for the longest prison sentence of all United States Capitol Riot case next week when she pleads in the sentencing of former New York police officer and US Marine Thomas Webster.

Webster, who once served on former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s protection staff, was found guilty in federal court in Washington, DC, in May, charged with assaulting law enforcement.

In a new court filing ahead of Thursday’s sentencing hearing, the Justice Department is seeking a 210-month prison sentence for Webster – more than 17 years. The sentence is nearly double the longest prison terms handed down in a Capitol riot case so far.

Prosecutors say Webster ‘spearheaded’ a breach of the police line on January 6, 2021 and was responsible for ‘dishonoring a democracy he once honorably fought to protect and serve. “.

FILE: Thomas Webster, at the Capitol on Jan. 6, 2021.

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In his court filing asking for clemency ahead of the sentencing hearing, Webster disavowed allegations of fraud in the 2020 election and included a letter of support from a friend who accuses former President Trump of “lies despicable”.

After a four-day trial, the jury convicted Webster in just hours.

Prosecutors presented a series of images and videos of Webster as part of their case, including a video of him swinging a flagpole at a police officer, with enough force to break the flagpole.

After crossing into restricted grounds, the government alleged that Webster yelled at one of the officers, “You fucking shit. You fucking commies, man.” He then allegedly used the pole against the officer, swinging over the police line.

FILE: Thomas Webster with his hands to the face of Capitol Police, Jan. 6, 2021.

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FILE: Navy veteran Thomas Webster attacks law enforcement during the January 6 uprising on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC

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During the trial, the Justice Department accused Webster of assaulting Washington, D.C., police officer Noah Rathbun on the ground, pushing against his gas mask and pinning him down, attacks that were captured on a police body camera and open source videos.

In seeking the 17-year prison sentence, prosecutors argue Webster arrived at the Capitol “ready for battle.” They said: “Not only did he pack his NYPD-issued bulletproof vest, he also packed his ‘out of order’ firearm – a Smith & Wesson Model 640 revolver, small enough to hide in a pocket. In addition, Webster brought with him his military backpack containing ready-to-eat meals, water bottles and Gatorade. At the rally and the riot, he wore his body armor and he wore a tall metal pole bearing the red and yellow flag of the United States Marine Corps.”

Webster is asking for a “time served” sentence and he wants the 127 days of remand in the case to count towards the judge’s sentence.

His defense argues that Webster was “disillusioned with any idea that the 2020 election was illegitimate”. In its sentencing note, the defense team claims that the promoters of the 2020 election lies “almost took control of a political party.”

Although some of the Jan. 6 defendants renounced allegations of voter fraud during sentencing hearings, few were strident in their statements. Webster’s memo sets the stage for a potentially colorful statement at Thursday’s hearing.

Webster’s defense also submitted a set of character letters praising Webster for his service in the United States Police and Navy. One such supporter cited the impact of former President Trump’s “despicable lies”.

Thomas Webster character letter submitted by defense

Webster’s sentencing hearing is scheduled for 2 p.m. Thursday before federal judge Amit Mehta in Washington, D.C. Although some sentencing hearings for the Capitol riot cases have been held virtually, Webster is expected to have place in person at the courthouse.

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