Nicholas Languerand pleaded guilty to assaulting law enforcement officers during a riot on January 6, 2021 with a dangerous weapon.
A judge in the United States has sentenced a man to 44 months in prison for pleading guilty to one count of felony criminal mischief for throwing objects at police. last year’s January 6 attack on the US Capitol and boasts of his actions on social media.
The accused, Nicholas Languerand, has been jailed since his arrest in April 2021 in the US state of South Carolina and will receive credit for the time he has served.
Prosecutors recommended a 51-month sentence, but U.S. District Judge John Bates in Washington said Wednesday a “modest reduction” was justified in light of Languerand’s personal circumstances, including what the judge described as an “extremely difficult” and chaotic education “.
When Languerand was a child, his father deliberately set fire to a trailer in which he and his mother lived and nearly killed them, Languerand’s grandfather told the judge during the sentencing hearing.
Languerand pleaded guilty in November to a single charge of assaulting law enforcement officers with a dangerous weapon. Authorities said he threw objects, including an orange traffic barrier, at police and took an officer’s riot shield on January 6, 2021. He was 26 when he entered the conviction.
Languerand boasted about the attack on social media and promised that “next time we will return with guns”.
His defense attorney proposed a one-year sentence with credit for time served in custody, saying Languerand showed a willingness to keep a job and follow the law, despite trauma and hardship.
A crowd of former US President Donald Trump’s supporters stormed the Capitol building in Washington, DC on January 6 last year after Trump delivered. an infectious speech not far from the White House earlier in the day.
For weeks, the Republican leader falsely claimed that the US presidential election was violated by widespread fraud, and he urged his supporters to “fight like hell” hours before the riot broke out.
The U.S. House of Representatives later be prosecuted the Republican leader for “incitement to rebellion”.
On the one-year anniversary of the deadly uprising, U.S. Attorney General Merrick Garland promise to ensure justice and accountability for what happened.
Garland said the U.S. Department of Justice has charged more than 725 defendants in connection with the January 6 events.
The worst charges are reserved for people accused of assaulting police officers and being involved in planning to disrupt Congress’ certification of President Joe Biden’s election victory, which took place when the riot broke out.
“By this time, however, we have charged more than 325 defendants with crimes – many for assaulting officers, and many for the corrupt obstruction or attempts to obstruct an official proceedings,” Garland said at the time. “Twenty accused charged with crimes have already pleaded guilty.”