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A man was sentenced to seven years in prison for assaulting the US Congress on January 6, 2021: the longest sentence to date

In the United States, a Texas man named Jay Rivette was sentenced to more than seven years in prison for his participation inAssault on the United States Congress It was conducted on January 6, 2021 by supporters of outgoing President Donald Trump with the intent of stopping the certification process for the presidential election, which was won by Joe Biden. Rivett’s sentence is the longest to date for assault: he was convicted, among other things, of participating in the uprising armed with a pistol and threatening to shoot his son, who wanted to report him to the authorities and witnessed the trial against him. for him.

Rivette, an oil worker, was part of the far-right Three Percenters movement, of which he also appointed new members. According to the trial documentation, among other things, Rivett had expressed to his associates his intent to drive roommate Nancy Pelosi out of the building by dragging her by her ankles, and making her “hit her head at every step on the floor. The way down.” He threatens his son to tell him: “If you denounce me, you are a traitor and he will kill the traitors.”

According to the reconstructions, on January 6, 2021, Rivett had not entered the Capitol: video documentation shows that a policeman stopped him and sprayed pepper spray on his face. However, the videos show how Rivette continued to cheer the crowd and lead some rioters up some stairs leading into the building. Also used as evidence against Rivett were some videos he filmed himself, during and after the attack, in which he discussed planning the attack and bragged about his participation.

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