U.S. judge gives prison sentence in US Capitol riot to former MMA fighter who attacked police, incited and encouraged other rioters.
A New Jersey gym owner was sentenced by a U.S. judge to 41 months in prison on Wednesday for assaulting police and interfering with Congress in the riot at the US Capitol, the heaviest sentence so far associated with the incident on January 6th.
The sentence handed down by U.S. District Judge Royce Lamberth during a court hearing in Washington, DC, sets a standard for 120 other defendants charged with assaulting police. January 6.
More than 100 law enforcers were hurt during the riot. One died after it collapsed and four others died by suicide.
Scott Fairlamb, a former mixed martial arts (MMA) fighter, pleaded guilty in August to assaulting a police officer and interfere with official proceedings of Congress. He was caught on video shouting at officers, punching one and then hitting him in the helmet.
Fairlamb was seen picking up a police stick he was carrying with him to the Capitol, according to prosecutors who asked the judge to sentence him to 44 months in prison. He was not seen using it as a weapon.
Fairlamb has already served more than 10 months in prison, most of it in solitary confinement, and his defense attorney has asked the judge to sentence him to time in prison.
An emotional Fairlamb, who said he had health problems, addressed the judge during the trial and said he had “nothing but remorse” for his actions and that he was ashamed of his family’s name, the Reuters news service reported .
“It’s not who I am,” Fairlamb said. “This is not who I was raised to be.”
Assistant U.S. Attorney Leslie Goemaat took note of Fairlamb’s martial arts training during Wednesday’s court hearing, as well as earlier encounters with the law.
“He was trained to throw a fist and was well aware of the injury he could cause,” Goemaat said.
Prosecutors identified Fairlamb as one of the first rioters to cross the Capitol, and in indictments said he incited and encouraged other rioters around him with his violent actions.
Videos of Fairlamb recorded during the riots showed him saying, “What are Patriots doing? We f *** in ‘disarm them and then we storm the f *** in’ Capitol! ”
“The accused’s own statements on that day indicate that he came prepared for violence,” Goemaat said.
U.S. authorities have charged Fairlamb with 12 counts of assault and other crimes committed during the riot, but all but two have been dropped in connection with his plea deal.
According to his plea agreement, Fairlamb had prior convictions for the unauthorized carrying of a handgun and assault in 2010 and 2018.
Fairlamb’s wife, Andrea, raised more than $ 30,000 in an online “Patriot Relief Fund” appeal at a crowdfunding site.
An eight-month prison sentence was previously the longest sentence among the nearly two dozen rioters sentenced, according to NBC 4 News in Washington, which watched the January 6 cases.