ASSAULT. “Those responsible for the taking of the Capitol in Washington will be judged by history as domestic terrorists. | Photo: Efe.
Prosecutors from the Department of Justice (DOJ) requested a four-month jail sentence for the first military veteran to be convicted of participating in the Capitol riots.
The context: Derek Jancart, an Air Force veteran, stormed the Capitol in the first wave of rioting and made his way – along with his friend, also a defendant, Erik Rau – to President Nancy Pelosi’s office.
- Jancart remained out while Rau, who also faces a four-month sentence, briefly entered the office of the Speaker of the House of Representatives.
- This Wednesday the two men will receive their sentence after pleading guilty to minor crimes.
- Authorities said the fact that the man served is a factor that justifies the application of more severe punishment against him.
- Unlike Jancart, prosecutors believe that Rau took steps to express his regret after entering the Capitol and turned himself in to authorities.
What do they say? “While Jancart’s military service is commendable, it makes his conduct on January 6 even more egregious. His voluntary decision to raid a guarded government building is nothing short of shocking in light of his training, “Justice Department attorneys wrote in a statement.
- Prosecutors added that Jancart would not have allowed “civilians to enter restricted military bases on the grounds that they ‘paid taxes.’
- Jancart defended his actions when questioned and suggested that his taxpayer status gave him the right to enter the Capitol.
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