cloudyn.png
Tuesday October 4th, 2022 4:06AM

Michigan man gets 5 years in prison for role in Capitol riot

By The Associated Press
Related Articles
  Contact Editor

WASHINGTON (AP) — A Michigan man was sentenced on Friday to five years in federal prison for his role in the U.S. Capitol attack by a mob that disrupted Congress from certifying President Joe Biden's 2020 electoral victory.

Chief Judge Beryl Howell also sentenced Anthony Robert Williams, 47, of Southgate, Michigan, to three years of supervised release after his prison term and ordered him to pay $2,000 in restitution and a $5,000 fine, according to a U.S. Justice Department news release.

In June, a jury convicted Williams of a felony count of obstructing the Jan. 6, 2021, joint session of Congress for certifying the Electoral College vote. Jurors also convicted him of four related misdemeanor offenses.

Prosecutors had recommended a prison sentence of five years and four months for Williams, who was arrested in Detroit in March 2021.

In a Facebook post three days after the riot, Williams called himself an “Operation Swamp Storm veteran" and referred to Jan. 6 as the “proudest day of my life.” He added that it "felt like the founding fathers were smiling down on us in that room, and I guarantee my dad and gramps, both vets, would be proud.”

“Williams’ participation in the riot was purposeful, extensive, enthusiastic, and remorseless,” prosecutors wrote in a court filing.

Outside the Capitol, Williams stole water bottles that police intended to use for decontaminating themselves from chemical spray, according to prosecutors. They said Williams entered the Capitol through the Senate Wing doors and joined other rioters in overwhelming police officers in the Crypt area.

“Williams advanced to the Rotunda where he celebrated with other rioters and smoked marijuana," prosecutors wrote. "When the police tried to force Williams out of the Rotunda, he joined with other rioters and actively resisted and mocked the police.”

Williams' attorneys requested a sentence of 15 months of incarceration.

"Mr. Williams has learned from his experience and from listening to the testimony at trial and during jury selection. He will not become involved in something like this ever again," they wrote.

More than 870 people have been charged with federal crimes for the conduct on Jan. 6. More 260 of them have been sentenced, with roughly half of them receiving a term of imprisonment ranging from seven days to 10 years. Only five other Capitol riot defendants have been sentenced to a longer prison term than Williams.

  • Associated Categories: Associated Press (AP), AP Online Headlines - Washington, AP Online Congress News, AP Elections, General Presidential Election News
© Copyright 2022 AccessWDUN.com
All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed without permission.
Queen's death is reminder of disappearing WWII generation
The long good-bye for Queen Elizabeth II is a reminder of a broader truth playing out with little fanfare across Britain: The nation is bidding farewell to the men and women who fought the country’s battles during World War II
2:27PM ( 13 minutes ago )
Michigan man gets 5 years in prison for role in Capitol riot
A Michigan man has been sentenced to five years in federal prison for his role in the U.S. Capitol attack by a mob that disrupted Congress from certifying President Joe Biden’s 2020 electoral victory
2:26PM ( 13 minutes ago )
Queue for queen's coffin reopened, wait hits 24 hours
A surging tide of people — ranging from London retirees to former England soccer captain David Beckham — have lined up to file past Queen Elizabeth II’s coffin as it lies in state at Parliament
2:19PM ( 20 minutes ago )
Associated Press (AP)
Biden, S. African leader to discuss Ukraine, trade, climate
Presidents Joe Biden and Cyril Ramaphosa of South Africa are set for White House talks on Russia’s war in Ukraine, climate issues, trade and more
12:45PM ( 1 hour ago )
Veteran judge named special master in Trump documents search
A federal judge has appointed a veteran New York jurist to serve as an independent arbiter in the criminal investigation into the presence of classified documents at Donald Trump’s Florida home
12:43PM ( 1 hour ago )
Charles' history with US presidents: He's met 10 of past 14
Hanging out with Richard Nixon's daughter
12:39PM ( 2 hours ago )
AP Online Headlines - Washington
Chile loses FIFA appeal in World Cup case with Ecuador
Chile has lost its appeal to replace Ecuador at the World Cup in Qatar but the verdict by FIFA will likely lead the case to the Court of Arbitration for Sport
9:54AM ( 4 hours ago )
Live updates: King Charles speaks Welsh in Cardiff visit
King Charles III has spoken in Welsh during a visit to Cardiff
8:46AM ( 5 hours ago )
Live updates: Queen's funeral police effort is biggest ever
London police say Queen Elizabeth II’s funeral on Monday will be the largest single policing event the force has ever handled
7:40AM ( 7 hours ago )
AP Online Congress News
Biden, Dems see both political, economic wins in rail deal
President Joe Biden is hailing a labor agreement that avoided a strike that would have shut down railroads across the country as a win for America
6:17PM ( 20 hours ago )
Oz, Fetterman both target suburbs in key Pa. Senate race
With the fall campaign election season in high gear, Democrat John Fetterman and his Republican rival for U
3:33PM ( 23 hours ago )
After cancellation, Dems look to reduce future student debt
House Democrats are proposing new legislation that would increase federal student aid, lower interest rates on loans and take other steps to make college more affordable
11:38AM ( 1 day ago )
AP Elections
Close New Hampshire Senate primary tests direction of GOP
The Republican contest for Senate in New Hampshire remains a tight race between conservative Donald Bolduc and the more moderate Chuck Morse
8:48AM ( 2 days ago )
Kenya’s new president promises ambitious climate plan
Kenya’s newly elected president William Ruto said that climate change will be key to the government’s agenda and made an ambitious pledge to ramp up clean energy and phase out fossil fuels for electricity by 2030
6:22AM ( 2 days ago )
MyPillow exec Lindell says FBI agents seized his cellphone
MyPillow chief executive Mike Lindell says federal agents have seized his cellphone
11:11PM ( 2 days ago )
General Presidential Election News
Queen's death is reminder of disappearing WWII generation
The long good-bye for Queen Elizabeth II is a reminder of a broader truth playing out with little fanfare across Britain: The nation is bidding farewell to the men and women who fought the country’s battles during World War II
2:27PM ( 13 minutes ago )
Queue for queen's coffin reopened, wait hits 24 hours
A surging tide of people — ranging from London retirees to former England soccer captain David Beckham — have lined up to file past Queen Elizabeth II’s coffin as it lies in state at Parliament
2:19PM ( 20 minutes ago )
Breaches of voting machine data raise worries for midterms
The revelation earlier this week that federal prosecutors are involved in investigations of suspected voting system breaches across the U.S. is fueling questions about the security of voting machines just two months before the midterm elections
2:17PM ( 23 minutes ago )
Gov. Kristi Noem silent on possible appeal to ethics board
South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem is showing no sign of fighting an action taken against her by a state ethics board over her actions surrounding her daughter's application for a real estate appraiser's license
2:05PM ( 35 minutes ago )
Ukrainian president: Burial site contains torture victims
Investigators searching through a mass burial site in Ukraine have found evidence that some of the dead were tortured, including bodies with broken limbs and ropes around their necks
2:02PM ( 38 minutes ago )