Militia member Guy Reffitt was sentenced to 7 years in prison on January 6 for the role

Militia member Guy Reffitt was sentenced to 7 years in prison on January 6 for the role

Reffitt, left, with his attorney.  He was a member of the Texas Three Percenters - AP

Reffitt, left, with his attorney. He was a member of the Texas Three Percenters – AP

A member of the Texas militia who brought a gun to the US Capitol during the Jan. 6 riots has been sentenced to more than seven years in prison.

Guy Reffitt, 49, who was the first accused before a jury on January 6, has received the harshest sentence yet from those who tried to storm the Capitol to overturn Donald Trump’s election defeat.

He was one of more than 850 people charged in connection with the riot in which members of Congress ducked to safety and Mike Pence was whisked away by Secret Service agents when the mob came within 40 feet of the vice president.

Reffitt was found guilty of five felonies: interfering with police during civil unrest, obstructing the counting of ballots, and threatening his children if they report him to authorities.

However, Donald Trump-appointed US District Court Judge Dabney Friedrich rejected an appeal by prosecutors to treat the crimes as terrorism, which would have significantly increased Refitt’s sentence.

Assistant US Attorney Jeffrey Nestler told the court Refitt was in a class by himself.

“He intended to take over our government. He wasn’t just trying to stop certification. “He wasn’t done yet. January 6th was just a foreword.”

Donald Trump supporters storm the Capitol to stop certification of election result - GETTY IMAGES

Donald Trump supporters storm the Capitol to stop certification of election result – GETTY IMAGES

According to a bipartisan Senate report, at least seven people – including participants and law enforcement officials – died as a result of the riots.

Refitt, of Qylie, Texas, was a recruiter for a right-wing militia called the Three Percenters.

He was convicted by a Washington DC jury in March.

The court had been shown footage of Refitt climbing a stone railing using scaffolding erected for Joe Biden’s inauguration.

In other footage, Reffitt was seen confronting Capitol police officers and gesturing at the crowd behind him, urging them toward the building’s entrances.

The jury was also shown footage Refitt had taken from a 360-degree camera mounted on his helmet.

“We’ll take the Capitol before the day is out,” Refitt says in the video. “Everyone is in the same harmony…pulling them out with kicks and fucking screams.”

In another clip, he can be heard saying, “I just wanna see Pelosi’s head hitting every frigging stair on the way out. And Mitch McConnell too.”

Refitt’s son Jackson, who reported him to the FBI and was one of the witnesses, told the court his father had “lost himself” in the past five years.

He was not in court to hear the verdict, although his two sisters and mother were present.

Peyton, Refitt’s younger daughter, cried as she told the judge: “My father’s name wasn’t on all the flags that were there that day that everyone wore that day. He is not the leader.”

After the sentencing, she added, “Trump deserves life in prison with my father being in prison that long.”

In mitigation, Reffitt’s attorney, Clinton Broden, said the crowd would have stormed the building anyway.

In handing out an 87-month sentence, Judge Friedrich said: “Mr Refitt’s reluctance to admit early on that his conduct is illegal is worrying.”

He added: The officers in the Capitol are the patriots, as are those who fought and even died to protect our democracy, our rule of law… those in the mob are not.

“Not only are they not patriots, they are a direct threat to our democracy and will be punished as such.”

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