Former police officer sentenced to more than 7 years in prison in January 6 case


An off-duty Virginia police officer who stormed the US Capitol with a colleague has been sentenced to more than seven years in prison, the longest prison sentence to date among hundreds of cases. Capitol Riots

WASHINGTON– An off-duty Virginia police officer who stormed the US Capitol with a colleague was sentenced to more than seven years in prison on Thursday, matching the longest prison sentence to date among hundreds of cases riots at the Capitol.

Former Rocky Mount Police Sgt. Thomas Robertson did not speak in court before US District Judge Christopher Cooper sentenced him to seven years and three months in prison. Cooper also sentenced Robertson to three years of probation after his prison sentence.

Federal prosecutors had recommended an eight-year prison sentence for Robertson. The sentence he received is equivalent to that of Guy Reffitt, a Texas man who attacked the Capitol while armed with a holstered handgun.

Robertson gets credit for the 13 months he has already spent in prison.

In April, a jury found Robertson guilty of attacking the Capitol on January 6, 2021 to prevent Congress from certifying President Joe Biden’s 2020 election victory. The jurors found him guilty on all six counts of his indictment, including charges of interfering with police at the Capitol and entering a restricted area with a dangerous weapon, a large wooden stick.

Robertson traveled to Washington on the morning of January 6 with another Rocky Mount police officer, Jacob Fracker, and a third man, a neighbor who has not been charged in the case.

Fracker was scheduled to stand trial alongside Robertson before pleading guilty to a conspiracy charge in March and agreeing to cooperate with federal authorities. Cooper is due to convict Fracker next Tuesday.

Prosecutors asked Cooper to spare Fracker jail time and sentence him to six months probation plus a period of house arrest or “community confinement.” They said Fracker’s “full” cooperation and testimony at trial was crucial to securing convictions against Robertson.

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