Guy Reffitt, a 49-year-old who was at the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6, 2021, but didn’t actually enter the government building, was sentenced this week to more than seven years in prison for his role in the chaos that erupted that day.
According to the Texas Tribune, prosecutors argued that Reffitt was the spark that ignited the massive gathering of protesters “into an unstoppable force,” saying he “lit the match” to what would ultimately be a historically insane day in Washington D.C.
“Reffitt sought not just to stop Congress, but also to physically attack, remove, and replace the legislators who were serving in Congress. This is a quintessential example of an intent to both influence and retaliate against government conduct through intimidation or coercion,” prosecutors said during the trial.
Prosecutors tried to get Reffitt 15 years, citing a clause that would enhance his sentence. Ultimately they failed to convince the judge.
The reaction to Reffitt’s sentencing was fierce on social media, with many arguing that his sentence was nothing more than a reflection of angry, anti-Trump Democrats who want anyone even remotely connected to Jan. 6 to pay.
This is an absurd sentence, basically for bombastic talk. 7 years in prison for WHAT? Reffitt didn’t even go inside the Capitol.
These are political acts by the Democrats that the GOP will have to avenge. Our turn is coming to pay you in your own coin! https://t.co/BdY3kp2Fn4
— Dinesh D’Souza (@DineshDSouza) August 1, 2022
The Tribune noted: “Reffitt, a 49-year-old from Wylie, was the first rioter to to be convicted at trial in March when a jury found him guilty on five counts: two counts of civil disorder and one count each of obstruction of an official proceeding, entering and remaining on restricted grounds with a firearm and obstruction of justice.”
Given the stiff sentence Reffitt received, his daughter told reporters that she believes former President Donald Trump should get life in prison.
Minutes after Guy Reffitt was sentenced to 7 years in Capitol riot case… his daughter calls for “life in prison” for Donald Trump pic.twitter.com/01pw2uBsP8
— Scott MacFarlane (@MacFarlaneNews) August 1, 2022