Fourteen years in prison for a Capitol stormer, the highest sentence to date

A 49-year-old man was sentenced to 14 years in prison for his role in the January 6, 2021 storming of the Capitol. US media Friday. Peter Schwartz has been charged with attacking police officers with pepper spray and a chair when he tried to break into the US government building with his now ex-wife.

It is the longest prison sentence handed down by a judge to a person involved in the storming of the Capitol. Prosecutors demanded a more severe penalty of 24 years in prison. The judge described Schwartz as a “soldier against democracy” who was involved in “the kind of chaos not seen in the history of the country.” Shortly before his sentencing, Schwartz said he regretted the damage the break-in had caused, but the judge did not believe it.

The Pennsylvania man’s punishment was particularly harsh because he had a long criminal history. According to the Associated Press, he has been convicted 38 times since 1991 for assaulting officers, among other things. He was still under surveillance when he attacked the Capitol.

On January 6, 2021, hundreds of supporters of former President Donald Trump stormed the Government House in Washington because they disagreed with the election results. It happened after a protest rally called for by Trump. At least five people were killed and more than 140 officers and an unknown number of rioters were injured. More than five hundred people have now been convicted on their part, and at least half of them have been sentenced to prison terms.

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