A US court on Thursday (May 25) sentenced Stuart Rhodes, the main plotter of the Capitol attack, to 18 years in prison. The rioters attacked the US Capitol building under the command of Stuart Rhodes, the head of the far-right organization.
Multiple cases are pending against them in separate cases. However, 57-year-old Stuart Rhodes has been identified as the main conspirator in this case. The court sentenced him to 18 years imprisonment on Thursday. Many people were excited about what the US Federal Court ruled today.
Stuart Rhodes, head of the far-right organisation
The public prosecutor appealed for exemplary punishment against him. In fact, terrorism charges were filed against him. A federal judge accepted that his actions were no less than terrorism, even without adding a terrorist clause.
A 25-year sentence was appealed to Judge Amit Mehta. But in the end he did not announce the maximum sentence. 18 years imprisonment announced. Rhodes was previously found guilty in November 2022. His sentence was announced on Thursday.
Judge Amit Mehta
After losing the 2020 election, new President Joe Biden was scheduled to be sworn in in January. Just before that, on January 6, 2021, a group of Trump supporters attacked the Capitol building. They went inside the capitol building and destroyed practically everything.
Allegedly, the group attacked the Capitol building under the direction of Rhodes. However, according to Rhodes’ lawyer, his client did not enter the Capitol building. He was standing outside. No one was ordered to enter.
After losing the 2020 election, new President Joe Biden was scheduled to be sworn in in January.
The judge said: ‘Rhodes is a very smart man. What he says, people listen as if enchanted. And that is the biggest fear. Hearing his words, a group of people attacked the Capitol. There is a risk of such incidents happening in the future as well. That’s why he should get extreme punishment.’
Although he was not charged with terrorism, the judge said, ‘What Rhodes has done is not less than terrorism in any part. Charges of terrorism can be brought against him. However, charges of sedition or treason have been brought against him.
On January 6, 2021, a group of Trump supporters attacked the Capitol building.
Donald Trump is also alleged to have incited the group. The court is hearing about that complaint. In fact, Trump was the first to declare that such a thing should be done to save the country. During his defense in the courtroom today, Rhoads also said that what he did, he did in the interest of saving the country.
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