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Capitol Rioter Who Assaulted Police Sentenced to Just Over Three Years In Prison

Capitol Rioter Who Assaulted Police Sentenced to Just Over Three Years In Prison

A New Jersey gym owner and former MMA fighter who punched a police officer during the January 6th attack on the Capitol was sentenced to 41 months in prison on Wednesday, becoming the first rioter sentenced for violence against the police during the insurrection.

Scott Fairlamb pleaded guilty in August to assaulting a police officer and obstructing an official proceeding. He has been in jail since he was arrested in late January and will get credit for the time he has already spent behind bars. Fairlamb was also the first riot defendant to plead guilty to assault.

WASHINGTON, DC – JANUARY 06: WASHINGTON, DC – JANUARY 06: Crowds gather outside the U.S. Capitol for the “Stop the Steal” rally on January 06, 2021 in Washington, DC. Trump supporters gathered in the nation’s capital today to protest the ratification of President-elect Joe Biden’s Electoral College victory over President Trump in the 2020 election.(Photo by Robert Nickelsberg/Getty Images)

Fairlamb’s sentence will likely set an early precedent for how the rioters charged with violence may be punished, ushering in a new phase of the January 6th cases, which so far have had only nonviolent defendants sentenced largely to no jail time. “It’s such a serious offense … an affront to society and to the law, to have the Capitol overrun and the function of government stopped,” said Judge Royce Lamberth, noting that the assault had struck “in the heart of our democracy.”

At his sentencing on Wednesday, Fairlamb said he had disappointed his family, including his father, who was a veteran, and noted that since his arrest he has not spoken to his brother who is a Secret Service agent, “out of respect for his position and our government.”

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“Had you gone to trial, I don’t think there’s any jury that could have acquitted you or would have acquitted you,” Judge Lamberth told Fairlamb as he announced his sentence, according to Politico. “You couldn’t have beat this.”

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