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Shane Jenkins, Jan. 6 rioter who smashed Capitol window, sentenced to 7 years

Shane Jenkins, Jan. 6 rioter who smashed Capitol window, sentenced to 7 years


WASHINGTON — A Donald Trump supporter who smashed a window to the Capitol with a tomahawk axe and threw projectiles at officers throughout probably the most brutal battle of the Capitol riot was sentenced to seven years in federal jail on Friday.

Shane Jenkins — who refers to himself as “Skullet” because of his shaved head and mullet — was discovered responsible of 9 legal counts in March, together with felony civil dysfunction; obstruction of an official continuing; assaulting, resisting or impeding and officer utilizing a harmful weapon; and destruction of presidency property.

Shane Jenkins.U.S. District Courtroom for the District of Columbia

The federal authorities had requested greater than 19 years in federal jail, which might have been one of many longest sentences given in any Jan. 6 case. The longest sentence thus far went to Enrique Tarrio, the previous head of the Proud Boys, who acquired 22 years in federal jail final month after being convicted of seditious conspiracy in Might.

Jenkins’ lawyer referred to as Jan. 6 “one of many saddest episodes in American historical past” and mentioned there “stay many grifters on the market who stay free to proceed propagating the ‘nice lie’ that Trump received the election, Donald Trump being among the many most outstanding.”

The federal government referred to as Jenkins’ conduct “egregious” and mentioned he “deliberate for violent rebel lengthy earlier than his arrival” in D.C.

His “lack of regret is extraordinary,” and he “thinks that political violence is suitable,” Assistant U.S. Lawyer David Perri argued in through the sentencing listening to on Friday.

January 6 rioter
Shane Jenkins on the U.S. Capitol in 2021.U.S. District Courtroom for the District of Columbia

“What occurs if his most popular candidate will get convicted of one thing?” Perri requested, referencing the 4 pending legal circumstances towards former President Donald Trump, together with one case unfolding in the identical federal courthouse in D.C. the place Jenkins was sentenced. “How would he react?”

Perri inspired the decide to not “roll the cube with this nation’s democratic future.”

Lawyer Dennis Boyle mentioned through the listening to that Trump promoted “a authorized fiction” that Vice President Mike Pence might overturn the election outcomes, and that folks like Jenkins had been “significantly inclined” to Trump’s lies and propaganda.

Earlier than his sentencing, Jenkins talked about his troubled childhood and mentioned his life started to come back aside when he realized he was adopted. He mentioned he tried destroying himself with medicine and alcohol after he killed his stepdad in a gunfight when he was 20 years outdated. (Jenkins mentioned he shot his stepfather in self-defense, and was not charged.)

The Justice Division additionally mentioned that Jenkins took half in an assault on Jan. 6 defendant Taylor Taranto — who was arrested exterior of former President Barack Obama’s residence — on July 10, when a dozen inmates allegedly entered the tv room of their pod and assaulted Taranto “as a result of Taranto had been saying derogatory issues about Ashli Babitt and her mom.” Taranto was ordered held in pretrial detention.

Within the 33 months for the reason that Capitol assault, greater than 1,100 members have been arrested, and about 660 have acquired sentences, together with almost 400 who’ve acquired sentences of incarceration.



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