A US Army reservist who was openly anti-Semitic, was an outspoken anti-Semite and wore an Adolf Hitler-inspired mustache was sentenced to four years in prison on Thursday after being found guilty of helping attack the US Capitol on 6 January 2021.
Timothy Hale-Cusanelli, 32, was punished in the federal courthouse in Washington DC about four months after a jury found him guilty of obstructing the session of Congress held on the day of the Capitol siege for certify Joe Biden’s victory over Donald Trump in the 2020 presidential election.
Jurors also found him guilty of a range of misdemeanors, including breaking and entering a restricted federal building as well as disorderly and disruptive conduct, and at sentencing, the judge presiding over his case determined that he obstructed justice during his trial by lying under oath, US Department of Justice prosecutors said in a statement.
Hale-Cusanelli’s sentence is the most severe of those given to those convicted in connection with the attack on the Capitol. The longest, at least so far, was seven years and three months.
Prosecutors wanted Hale-Cusanelli Judge Trevor McFadden to sentence him to more than six years in prison.
Many have paid close attention to the case against Hale-Cusanelli because – in addition to his role in the military – he was a Navy contractor who posted anti-Semitic rants on YouTube, spoke enthusiastically about a coming “civil war” that would tear America apart, and neatly trimmed his mustache to resemble the one worn by Hitler, the Nazi leader who ordered the murder of 6 million Jews during the Holocaust.
Prosecutors said Hale-Cusanelli joined the crowd of Trump supporters who descended on Capitol Hill in a desperate attempt to prevent congressional certification of Biden’s Electoral College victory. He was among the first rioters to enter the Capitol, ordered others to ‘come forward’ with him and harassed police officers trying to protect the facility, shouting ‘revolution’ at them during his 40 minutes in building.
Authorities later arrested Hale-Cusanelli after bragging to a friend about how “exhilarating” he was to be on Capitol Hill, laying out his vision of a “civil war” and stating that “blood patriots and tyrants” would refresh the metaphorical tree. of freedom. He became one of dozens of former military personnel active in or investigated in the Capitol attack — which a bipartisan Senate report linked to seven deaths — and was banned from the naval weapons station where he worked and held a “secret” security clearance.
Since this week, more than 870 other people have been charged with roles in the deadly assault on the Capitol, prosecutors said.
Hale-Cusanelli apologized to Congress and law enforcement ahead of his sentencing, saying, “I have dishonored my uniform and I have dishonored my country,” according to BNC News.