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Trump Supporters Sentenced To Five Years In Prison

Robert P. is said to have pelted police officers with a wooden board and a fire extinguisher when they stormed the Capitol in early January. Now he has to be imprisoned for five years.

A court has imposed the harshest sentence to date against a supporter of then US President Donald Trump. It's about the participation in the storm on the Capitol just under a year ago. Robert P. was therefore sentenced to a prison term of 63 months, i.e. around five years. This is the longest sentence ever imposed on any of the more than 700 people charged in connection with the attack.

The public prosecutor accused P. of throwing a wooden board at the police officers, spraying them with a fire extinguisher, and then throwing the empty container at them. The 54-year-old did not make it to the Capitol itself after officials stopped him with pepper spray and rubber bullets. P. said he was very ashamed of his behavior that day. But even with a request for mitigating circumstances because of a difficult childhood and a handwritten apology, the man was unsuccessful. In it he had written that the "tyrannical" Trump had misled him and others into attacking parliament by lying.

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The public prosecutor pointed out, however, that P. had defended his actions even after his admission of guilt at the beginning of October and described the police as the attacker on a donation website he had set up. "With his violence, P. pursued the political aim of undermining a democratic election and the peaceful transfer of power," the prosecutors wrote to the court.

The highest sentence so far has been 41 months in prison

Five people were killed in the attack on the seat of the US Congress on January 6, 2021. The attack on the US parliament, in which many MPs and senators feared for their lives, shook the country.

The elected US President Trump had previously incited his supporters in a speech. After storming the Capitol, he had to face a second impeachment trial, but it failed.

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More than 700 people were charged in connection with the attack, most of them minor offenses such as illegally entering the Capitol. However, several dozen have been or are charged with assault, carrying deadly weapons, and conspiracy, all of which can result in heavy sentences.

The harshest sentence to date in connection with the attack on the Capitol was 41 months, or around three and a half years in prison for two men charged with obstruction of an official trial. However, they were not accused of attacking law enforcement agencies.

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