A US Army reservist who was openly anti-Semitic, an outspoken anti-Semite and wore a mustache styled after Adolf Hitler was sentenced on Thursday to four years in prison after he was found guilty of helping attack the US Capitol on January 6, 2021.
Timothy Hale-Cusanelli, 32, was serving his sentence at the Washington DC federal courthouse about four months after a jury found him guilty of obstructing the congressional session held on the day of the Capitol siege to claim the victory of Joe Biden on certifying Donald Trump in the 2020 presidential election.
Jurors also convicted him of a range of felonies, including breaking into a restricted federal building and disorderly and disruptive conduct, and in sentencing the judge presiding over his case found that he obstructed justice during his trial by swearing under oath. lie, US Justice Department Prosecutors say in a statement.
Hale-Cusanelli’s sentence is at the more severe end of the sentences handed out to people convicted in connection with the Capitol attack. The longest, at least so far, has been seven years and three months.
Prosecutors wanted Hale-Cusanelli judge Trevor McFadden to sentence him to more than six years in prison.
Many paid particular attention to the case against Hale-Cusanelli because — in addition to his role in the military — he was a naval contractor who posted anti-Semitic rants on YouTube, spoke enthusiastically about a coming “civil war” that would tear America apart, and carefully brushed his mustache. cropped to resemble that of Hitler, the Nazi leader who ordered the murder of 6 million Jews during the Holocaust.
Prosecutors said Hale-Cusanelli joined the crowd of Trump supporters who descended on the Capitol in a desperate attempt to prevent congressional certification of Biden’s electoral college victory. He was one of the first rioters to enter the Capitol, ordered others to “advance” with him and harassed police officers trying to protect the facility while yelling at them about a “revolution” during his 40 minutes in the capitol. building.
Authorities later arrested Hale-Cusanelli after he bragged to a friend about how “exciting” it was to be in the Capitol, outlined his vision of a “civil war” and stated that “the blood of patriots and tyrants” would fuel the metaphorical boom. refresh of freedom. He became one of dozens of former or active military members under investigation or charged in the Capitol attack — which a bipartisan Senate reported seven dead — and was banned from the naval weapons station where he worked and had “secret” security clearance.
As of this week, more than 870 other people had been charged with roles in the deadly attack on the Capitol, prosecutors said.
Hale-Cusanelli apologized to Congress and law enforcement before his conviction, saying, “I’ve disgraced my uniform and I’ve disgraced my country,” according to NBC News.