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Federal prosecutors are recommending an eight-year prison sentence for an off-duty Virginia police officer who was convicted by a jury of storming the U.S. Capitol to obstruct Congress from certifying President Joe Biden’s 2020 electoral victory.
Former Rocky Mount Police Officer Sergeant. Thomas Robertson was a former Rocky Mount Police Sergeant. He used his law enforcement training in order to stop police officers trying to protect the Capitol against a mob attack on January 6, 2021. Prosecutors said Thursday that Thomas Robertson supported their sentencing recommendation.
They wrote that he tried to overthrow the government instead of using his power and training to benefit the public good.
The longest of the hundreds of Capitol riot cases would see an eight year sentence. Guy Reffitt of Texas, a man who attacked Capitol Hill while carrying a concealed handgun, has been sentenced to seven years and three more months.
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Robertson is to be sentenced next Thursday by U.S. district Judge Christopher Cooper Robertson should be sentenced by the judge to three years of supervision after any term in prison.
Mark Rollins, Robertson’s attorney is seeking a sentence lower than the sentencing guidelines range between 27 and 33 months imprisonment. Cooper doesn’t agree with any of the estimates or recommendations of the prosecution.
Robertson was not present at his trial. In April, a jury convicted Robertson of all six charges in the indictment. This includes the charges that Robertson interfered at the Capitol with police officers and that Robertson entered a restricted area using a dangerous weapon, which is a large wooden stick.
Robertson’s lawyers said the U.S. Army veteran was using the stick to help him walk because he has a limp from getting shot in the right thigh while working as a private contractor for the U.S. Defense Department in Afghanistan in 2011.
Robertson was accused by prosecutors of lying about military service in his sentencing memo. Robertson claimed to be a U.S. Army Ranger School graduate on his resume, but the official military records do not support this claim. Robertson also denied to a reporter that he had received a Purple Heart.
Robertson’s jury trial in the Capitol riot case was the second. Reffitt’s trial was the first. Jurors unanimously convicted seven riot suspects of all charges in each indictment.
Robertson, Jacob Fracker, his co-worker, and a third man, a neighbour, traveled to Washington, D.C. on Jan. 6. Fracker was also an off-duty Rocky Mount officer. Robertson was due to stand trial alongside Fracker before he pleaded guilty in a conspiracy case and agreed to cooperate.
Fracker said that he believed that Robertson was simply trespassing at the Capitol Building when he first entered it. However, he pleaded guilty in the end to conspiring with Robertson for obstruction of Congress.
Robertson’s lawyers admitted that he had violated the law by entering the Capitol during the riot. They encouraged jurors against Robertson to convict him of misdemeanor offences, but acquitted Robertson of felony offenses.
Jurors saw some of Robertson’s posts on social media before and after the Capitol riot. Robertson posted on Facebook Nov. 7, 2020 that “being disenfranchised due to fraud is my tough line.”
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“I’ve spent most of my adult life fighting a counter insurgency. (I’m) about to become part of one, and a very effective one,” he wrote.
Robertson addressed a letter to the judge in which he stated that he took full responsibility for Jan. 6th’s actions as well as “any poor decisions” he made. He blamed the vitriolic content of his social media posts on a mix of stress, alcohol abuse and “submersion in deep ‘rabbit holes’ of election conspiracy theory.”
He wrote, “I sat down at night drinking too much” and “reacting to articles or sites given me by Facebook” algorithms.
After the riot, Robertson and Fracker were fired by the town. Rocky Mount is approximately 25 miles south from Roanoke with roughly 5,000 people.
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Robertson was sentenced to prison after Cooper last year ruled that Robertson violated his pretrial release terms by possessing firearms.
About 850 people have been accused of federal crimes in connection with their conduct on January 6. More than 350 people have pleaded guilty to federal crimes, mostly misdemeanor offenses. Over 220 have been sentenced.
Source: Fox News