Two pals who illegally entered the US Capitol together on January 6 were punished with 30 days in prison each for illegally moving into the building, including the one who bragged about sneaking in and smoking marijuana.
While conveying the punishment on Wednesday, Judge Tanya Chutkan remarked, “It’s not Bill and Ted’s Excellent Adventure.” “They arrived in Washington fully aware of the occurrences of January 6,” the statement said, stressing that “their acts constituted an insult to American citizens.”While federal courts have adopted varying approaches to punishing non-violent protesters who have admitted guilt to crimes, Chutkan has ordered all eight misdemeanor offenders she has sentenced to 14 to 45 days in prison. Authorities allege Nicholas Perretta and Mitchell Vukich were in the Capitol for 25 minutes. According to court filings, Vukich boasted across text, claiming he was one of the very first 15 people in the capital who splashed the pepper and attacked with rubber bullets. He also took a few of the legislative documents that he had found on the floor and put them under his jacket until discarding them in the dumpster afterward, he told the police.
“What you accomplished on January 6 has been no ‘let’s just go investigate what is really going on,'” Chutkan stated during the trial, contradicting their lawyers’ arguments.
“This was a terrible effort to topple the government, and it came dangerously close to succeeding,” Chutkan warned. The judge also observed that Vukich donned glasses throughout the incident, implying that he anticipated a police encounter.
And according to the FBI, over 725 individuals have already been arrested on suspicion of the Capitol hack, including over 70 of them being convicted and more than 30 getting prison time.