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Arrests and Sentencings Continue in Connection With January 6th Capitol Riot As Committee Prepares For Last Hearing

Arrests and Sentencings Continue in Connection With January 6th Capitol Riot As Committee Prepares For Last Hearing

As the January 6th House Select Committee prepares for its final prime time hearing, scheduled for Thursday, July 21, the people who answered Donald Trump’s call to join him in Washington DC on January 6th–“will be wild!” he tweeted–are still facing the consequences of their actions from over eighteen months ago.

A Maryland man who used a lacrosse stick attached to a Confederate battle flag to shove a police officer during the Capitol riot was sentenced on Wednesday to five months in prison, according to a Justice Department spokesman. David Alan Blair was caught on a police officer’s body camera walking in front of the police line and yelling, “Hell, naw! Quit backing up! Don’t be scared! We’re Americans!” Blair was arrested after he pushed his lacrosse stick against an officer’s chest.

WASHINGTON, DC – JANUARY 6: Scene outside the Capitol after Trump supporters breached the building in Washington, District of Columbia on January 6, 2021. (Photo by Bonnie Jo Mount/The Washington Post via Getty Images)

Blair has also been sentenced to 18 months of supervised release after his prison term and was ordered to pay $2,000 in restitution, said a spokesman for the U.S. Attorney’s office for the District of Columbia.

On the other side of the country, a woman with ties to the Proud Boys and other militias in Oregon and Southwest Washington was arrested last week and accused of participating in the January 6th Capitol attack. Lilith Saer was arrested on July 7th in Portland and has been charged with entering and remaining in a restricted building with the intent to impede or disrupt an official proceeding and disorderly or disruptive conduction in the Capitol buildings or grounds.

Court documents say investigators believe Saer, who had bright blue hair and was seen in several videos at the Capitol on January 6th, was a believer in the QAnon conspiracy theory.

 

 

More than 830 people have been charged with federal crimes related to the Capitol riot. More than 320 of them have pleaded guilty, mostly to misdemeanor charges, and over 200 have been sentenced.

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