January 6 protester Timothy Hale-Cusanelli of New Jersey was sentenced to 4 years in prison on Thursday for attending the January 6 protests and entering the US Capitol.
Timothy left the building when he was asked to leave.
The media headlines today labeled Hale-Cusanelli a Nazi sympathizer. They won’t tell you it was because Timothy Hale-Cusanelli dressed up as Hitler on Halloween one year.
Timothy did not commit any violence that day.
Now he will rot in prison for four years.
Here are the charges against Timothy Louis Hale-Cusanelli, via American Gulag.
Civil Disorder (1) Aiding and Abetting (2) Obstruction of an Official Proceeding (3) Entering and Remaining in a Restricted Building or Grounds (4) Impeding Ingress and Egress in a Restricted Building (5) Disorderly Conduct in a Capitol Building (6) Parading, Demonstrating, or Picketing in a Capitol Building
Democrats believe this is a reasonable sentence.
NBC News reported:
A Jan. 6 rioter who has dressed up as Adolf Hitler and held a security clearance was sentenced to four years in federal prison Thursday.
Timothy Hale-Cusanelli, 32, of New Jersey, who was an Army reservist when he stormed the U.S. Capitol in January 2021, was convicted in May after he failed to convince jurors that he didn’t know that Congress met at the Capitol, a claim he made on the stand to avoid a conviction for obstruction of Congress.
“I know this sounds idiotic, but I’m from New Jersey,” Hale-Cusanelli told jurors when he said he didn’t know Congress met at the Capitol. “I feel like an idiot, it sounds idiotic, and it is.”
U.S. District Judge Trevor McFadden, a Trump-appointed judge who oversaw Hale-Cusanelli’s trial, previously said the defendant’s testimony was “highly dubious” and indicated that he was open to a sentencing enhancement. On Thursday, McFadden said that the claim that Hale-Cusanelli didn’t know Congress met at the Capitol was a “risible lie” and an “obvious attempt” to avoid accountability.
McFadden said Hale-Cusanelli “absolutely knew” that Congress met at the Capitol, noting that he had even told his roommate that he was outside of the House of Representatives on Jan. 6. McFadden also said he was “appalled” by Hale-Cusanelli’s language to a female officer on Jan. 6, in which he called her an unprintable word.
Hale-Cusanelli told the judge ahead of his sentencing that he had owed members of Congress and law enforcement an apology.
“I disgraced my uniform and I disgraced the country,” he said. “I do say ugly things” that are “repugnant” in the eyes of many, he said. He assured the judge that he would “never see my face in court after this” and that the time he spent in solitary confinement had changed who he was.