A Montana man sentenced to three years and two months in prison for his part in the attack on the US Capitol, where he was one of the first to illegally enter the building, was announced this Wednesday.
Joshua Hughes of East Helen, Montana, was sentenced Tuesday in Washington by US District Judge Timothy J. Kelly to 38 months in prison for his actions during the approximately 38 minutes he spent in the Capitol.
Hughes, 39 was also ordered to pay 2,000 dollars (about 1,900 euros) compensation for participation in the insurgency that occurred on January 6, 2021, when supporters of then-U.S. President Republican Donald Trump sought to prevent the confirmation of the electoral victory of Democrat Joe Biden in the 2020 presidential election.
Judge rules Capitol invasion ‘national disgrace’according to Hughes’ attorney, Palmer Huvestal, of the Independent Record, from Montana.
Without a peaceful transfer of power in a democratic way, we have nothing. He [o juiz] I wanted to dissuade people that anyone who interferes with the peaceful transfer of power does so at their own peril and risk,” he added.
Joshua Hughes and his brother, Jerod Hughes, 37, pleaded guilty in August to obstructing a formal hearing.
The brothers entered the building through a broken window, and Jarod Hughes helped open the door to allow other protesters to enter the Capitol, while Congress celebrated Biden’s triumph, the U.S. Federal Police (FBI) indictment says.
Joshua and Jarod were ahead of a group chasing a Capitol policeman who was trying to get the crowd away from the Senate floor. Later, the brothers reached the upper house of the US Congress, court records are added.
Jarod Hughes is due to serve his sentence on January 6, 2023, two years after the invasion.
More than 880 participants in this terrorist attack were detained, hundreds were convicted to varying degrees. Donald Trump is the subject of a parliamentary investigation to determine his responsibility for the invasion.
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