A man who helped assault police officers in the Jan.6 attack on the U.S. Capitol was sentenced Monday to nearly four years in prison, prosecutors said.
The 46-month sentence for 28-year-old Devlyn Thompson is among the longest prison terms handed out in the riot by a pro-Trump mob as Congress counted the electoral votes for President Joe Biden’s victory.
Thompson aided a mob who grabbed police riot shields and used a metal baton he found to attempt to drop a pepper spray from an officer’s hand, prosecutors said .
US District Judge Royce Lamberth said during the sentencing that “the attack on the Capitol that day was an attack on the rule of law even in our country.”
Thompson’s attorney argued in court documents that Thompson was diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder, had a child’s social understanding and was easily influenced.
“Unlike those who planned to alter the election results by storming the Capitol building with brute force, Mr. Thompson’s understanding of what was going on was naive and inaccurate,” she wrote.
Thompson apologized in a letter to the officer which was filed in court and wrote that his behavior was “inexcusable”. He wrote that he was still trying to understand his actions.
“I am deeply sorry for the danger you have run in the name of my recklessness,” Thompson wrote.
Monday’s conviction comes days after another judge handed down the longest prison term to date in the January 6 attack.
Robert Palmer, 54, of Tampa, who has been charged with repeatedly assaulting police officers, was sentenced to 63 months, or five years and three months, on Friday.
Last month Scott Fairlamb, 44, a New Jersey gym owner and mixed martial arts veteran, was sentenced to three years and five months in prison. He pleaded guilty to hitting the face shield of a police officer.
The Associated Press contributed.