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Delaware man who stormed the Capitol on January 6 gets 2 years in prison


A Delaware man who stormed the US Capitol on January 6, 2021, with his father carrying the Confederate flag, was sentenced Monday to two years behind bars.

Hunter Seefried, 24, was convicted alongside his father of a felony and misdemeanor by US District Judge Trevor McFadden in June. Hunter and Kevin Seefried opted for a bench trial, which is decided by a judge, rather than having their case heard by a jury.

The father and son traveled to Washington from their home in Laurel, Delaware, to hear Trump’s speech at the “Stop the Steal” rally on Jan. 6. They were among the first rioters to approach the building near the door to the Senate wing, prosecutors said.

After watching other rioters use a police shield and a wooden plank to smash a window, Hunter Seefried used a gloved fist to clean a large shard of glass from one of the shattered windows, prosecutors said. The judge found that two other rioters had destroyed the window before Seefried removed the piece of glass.

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Widely published photographs showed Kevin Seefried carrying a Confederate battle flag inside the Capitol after he and Hunter, then 22, entered the building through a shattered window.

A lawyer for Hunter Seefried had asked for probation and house arrest instead of jail time. He said in court documents that his client only went to the Capitol that day because his father pressured him to join him. And he noted that the son had never hurt or threatened anyone on Capitol Hill.

Protesters loyal to then-President Donald Trump gather at the U.S. Capitol in Washington on January 6, 2021.
(AP Photo/Jose Luis Magana, File)

“Hunter is a decent, hardworking and caring young man who was misled and caught up in the unfortunate events of January 6, 2021,” attorney Edson Bostic said in an email. “He is very remorseful and wished he could go back and change his behavior that day.”

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Kevin Seefried is expected to be sentenced in January.

Both men were found guilty of obstructing an official process, the joint session of Congress to certify the Electoral College that day.

The judge also found the Seefrieds guilty of misdemeanor charges that they engaged in disorderly conduct and unlawfully protested inside the building. But he acquitted Hunter Seefried of other misdemeanor charges.

They are among approximately 900 people charged with federal crimes related to the Jan. 6 attack. More than 420 of them have pleaded guilty, mostly to misdemeanors.

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About 300 Capitol Riot defendants have been convicted, with sentences ranging from probation to 10 years behind bars.

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