A retired US police chief was sentenced in Washington on Thursday to more than 11 years in prison for his role in the attack on the US Capitol on January 6, 2021.
Alan Hostetter, 59, was convicted in July of four felonies, including conspiracy to obstruct an official proceeding and disorderly or disruptive conduct in a restricted building with a deadly or dangerous weapon.
The prison sentence of 11 years and three months was only slightly shorter than the 12.5 years sought by prosecutors.
On January 6, 2021, hundreds of Trump supporters attacked the Capitol, home of the U.S. Congress, to disrupt the official certification of Joe Biden’s victory over Donald Trump in the 2020 presidential election.
Hostetter, who was expected to begin his term in January, defended himself during the trial in federal court in Washington. He never wavered from his belief that Biden stole the election from Trump.
So far, more than 1,230 people have been charged with crimes related to the insurrection, the Justice Department said. More than 720 of them have been convicted and more than 450 of them will serve prison sentences.
Trump, who gave a fiery speech to supporters not far from the White House before the riot, is not directly involved in the incident.
In December 2022, a congressional commission investigating the events of January 6 recommended criminal charges against Trump, specifically for aiding and abetting an insurrection and conspiring to defraud the United States.
Trump, 77, the front-runner for the Republican presidential nomination, is scheduled to go on trial in Washington in March on charges of conspiring to overturn the results of the November 2020 election won by Biden.
He was indicted on racketeering charges in Georgia over allegations he tried to overturn the 2020 election results in the southern state.
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