The prosecution released several videos highlighting Scavo’s role at the event to show he was aware of the “chaos” that occurred as he chanted, recorded a video and spoke with other members. a crowd. While in the building, he took a video of himself saying, “This is top-secret shit. We’re in the Capitol. Stormed the fucking Capitol from the fucking United States at 58 ”, according to documents filed in the case.
Scavo came forward shortly after January 6 and cooperated with the FBI, handing over pictures and statements. Scavo’s defense argued that he “incriminated himself” by working with the government and accepting responsibility for his actions. They also called for home confinement due to “serious health concerns”.
Lamberth said he credited Scavo for his early advocacy, lack of violence on Jan.6 and for reading a letter before his sentencing, reaffirming his regret and willingness to redeem himself.
However, Lamberth said he had to recognize that through the actions of Scavo and other rioters, the event “brought the government to a screeching halt that day. The consequence for the nation… must be weighed in the balance. “
Lamberth’s sentence – which includes a fine of $ 5,000, the maximum possible amount – is the latest in a handful of cases in which a judge has chosen to hand down a harsher sentence than that requested by prosecutors. Judge Tanya Chutkan recently exceeded Justice Department recommendations in two misdemeanor convictions, saying the attacks represented an affront to American democracy.
The judge also said he disagreed with the letter Scavo read before sentencing, in which the accused described how he entered the building. Lamberth said Scavo was “lying to me at this first hearing.”
“Your little memo the other day caused me big problems,” he continued. “He was careful with what he said today, but it’s a problem. How he stood there on those steps without realizing it, turning around and then leaving is always a problem.
Lamberth’s concern that Scavo was downplaying his conduct may be rooted in his experience in another January 6 case: the conviction of Anna Morgan-Lloyd. Morgan-Lloyd was one of the first convicted rioters, and Lamberth accepted a sentence of probation only, accepting his contrition as genuine. But Morgan-Lloyd then took to Fox News for an interview with host Laura Ingraham and appeared to reinforce false claims that the Capitol breach was non-violent.
Lamberth did not develop his reasoning for the sentence as much as he did in previous cases, but he made it clear that he was settled on his decision.
“Like I said, Mr. Scavo, from the time the jig was in place, you did everything you said,” Lamberth said. “Good luck to you.”