This really hit me hard and pisses me off- this sentence is insane and completely politically motivated.
U.S. District Judge Dabney Friedrich sentenced Guy Reffitt to serve 87 months in prison, to be followed by 3 years of supervised release. Dabney warned Reffitt if he violates terms he will go back to prison for up to the maximum term. This was the minimum sentence under sentencing guidelines of 87-108 months.
That is 7 freaking years and 3 months- keep that in mind.
Reffitt will serve the longest prison term handed down to date to any defendant connected to January 6th.
Please help Guy Reffitt pay for an Appeals attorney HERE. Hopefully by that time the country will be in a better place to judge this man.
The “good” news and win here is the Judge did not apply the “Upwards Departure for Terrorism” to Reffitt’s sentence, which would add many more years to his sentence recommendation. This was pushed by the shameless Department of Injustice prosecutors who were hoping to find a way to legally label January 6th defendants as “Terrorists”. The prosecutors hope to discourage all J6 defendants from going to trial, and scare them into cooperating and taking a plea by terrorizing them with the possibility of a “Terrorism Upwards Departure” at Sentencing if found guilty.
“This is the only case where the government has asked for the terrorism enhancement, and this is the only case where the defendant has gone to trial,” said Reffitt’s attorney Clint Broden in the courtroom. “I don’t think it takes a rocket scientist to figure that out.”
“What concerns the court is… his decision to go to trial should not result in a dramatically different sentence from those who took plea deals,” said the Trump appointed Judge in one of her actual fair remarks. This statement is a win for other defendants awaiting trial, but on the flip side the Judge still handed down the longest sentence yet to a NON-VIOLENT OFFENDER who did NOT ENTER THE CAPITOL and the first to be sentenced that went to trial.
Reffitt’s Attorney Clinton Broden had argued for a downwards variance of 24 months. When we spoke to Reffitt over the weekend he was heavily hoping for this and desperately clinging to the thought of being with his family again soon. Today, he found out it will still be about another 6 years (after subtracting time already served) when he can finally return to his home, wife and children in Texas.
Although Reffitt did not enter the Capitol or attack police, what buried him was his “Hyperbolic and Rhetorical Statements”, which are CONSTITUTIONALLY PROTECTED FREE SPEECH. This is a fact that the country has been brainwashed and “retrained” out of understanding throughout the duration of the January 6th Propaganda Hearings and the mainstream media’s demonization of January 6th. HYPERBOLIC STATEMENTS, EVEN THOSE ALLUDING TO VIOLENCE, HAVE BEEN DEEMED CONSTITUTIONAL IN BY THE SUPREME COURT.
Furthermore, many of Reffitt’s “hyperbolic statements” used against him in court were made in his own home on medications as he was being secretly tape recorded by his teenage son Jackson (who turned him over to the FBI and acted as star witness for the prosecution).
Prosecutor Risa Berkower read a short letter written by Jackson Reffitt, Guy’s son, to the courtroom. In it, THE TEENAGER ASKED THE JUDGE GIVE HIS DAD THE MAXIMUM SENTENCE.
LOOK AT THAT UNGRATEFUL PUNK! ABSOLUTELY UNBELIEVABLE!
His own son did this to his father. That is absolutely insane.
Okay, here’s the government version of the incident from Merrick Garland’s DOJ:
Texas Man Sentenced to 87 Months in Prison for Actions Related to Capitol Breach
Defendant Carried Loaded Gun Onto Capitol Grounds, Led Charge Against Law Enforcement, Later Sought to Obstruct Justice
A Texas man was sentenced today to 87 months in prison on civil disorder, obstruction of justice, and other charges for his actions before, during, and after the breach of the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6, 2021. His and others’ actions disrupted a joint session of the U.S. Congress convened to ascertain and count the electoral votes related to the presidential election.
Guy Wesley Reffitt, 49, of Wylie, Texas, was the first to stand trial among the hundreds of defendants charged in connection with the Jan. 6, 2021, breach of the Capitol. He was found guilty by a jury in the District of Columbia on March 8, 2022, of five charges, including two counts of civil disorder, and one count each of obstruction of an official proceeding, entering and remaining in a restricted building or grounds with a firearm, and obstruction of justice.
“Guy Reffitt came to the Capitol on Jan. 6 armed and determined to instigate violence,” said Matthew M. Graves, U.S. Attorney for the District of Columbia. “In his own words, his goal was to take the Capitol ‘before the day is over.’ He and others contributed to the many assaults on law enforcement officers that day, putting countless more people – including legislators – at risk. The jury’s verdict and today’s sentence hold him accountable for his violent, unconscionable conduct.”
“Today’s sentence reflects the seriousness of the crimes committed by Mr. Reffitt, and underscores the wanton disregard he had for one of the pillars of our democracy—the peaceful transition of power,” said Assistant Director in Charge Steven M. D’Antuono of the FBI Washington Field Office. “The FBI and our law enforcement partners continue to be steadfast in our commitment to ensure that all individuals who committed crimes on January 6 are held to account for their actions.”
According to the government’s evidence, Reffitt was a member of the Texas Three Percenters, a militia organization. He sent messages recruiting others in the group to join him in traveling to Washington, D.C. on Jan. 6, 2021. Among other things, he told the group, “we will strike the match in D.C. on the 6th.” Another militia member joined Reffitt, and the two left Texas on Jan. 4 for a trip of more than 1,000 miles in Reffitt’s car. Both men brought along handguns and AR-style rifles.
On the morning of Jan. 6, both men went to a rally on the Ellipse before heading to the Capitol. They were wearing body armor and carrying handguns, flexi-cuffs, and radios for communication. Reffitt also had a megaphone as well as a helmet with a camera mounted on the top for recording purposes. His mission, according to the evidence, was to stop Congress from acting. He was specifically targeting Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell. He told members of his militia group and those gathered around him at the Ellipse that he planned to physically drag Speaker Pelosi out of the Capitol Building by her ankles.
Reffitt repeatedly made statements recorded by his helmet camera while at the Ellipse on Jan. 6, including one in which he declared, “We’re taking the Capitol before the day is over.”
By approximately 1:50 p.m., Reffitt was at the front of a pack that charged U.S. Capitol Police officers at the terrace on the west side of the Capitol building. He climbed a banister, led the mob up staircases outside the Capitol building, and kept advancing on the officers holding the police line, even as he was struck repeatedly by the officers’ less than lethal projectiles and O.C. spray.
As he kept moving, Reffitt urged others to keep moving forward, too. He eventually made it up the stairs to outside the Senate wing of the Capitol, as others breached the building, but he did not personally go inside. While narrating a video he recorded that day, he stated, “I said I wasn’t leaving till I got in there. I didn’t make it in there. But I started the fire.”
Reffitt later boasted about his actions in conversations with his traveling companion as well as in messages and a meeting with other militia members. On Jan. 9, 2021, for instance, he wrote, “We took the Capital of the United States of America and we will do it again.” But his mood quickly changed. On Jan. 10, 2021, after learning that the Texas Three Percenters’ leader had been questioned by Texas law enforcement agents, Reffitt sent messages to several other group members, urging them to “Start purge of all previous conversations. NOW.” Heeding his own advice, he deleted from his iPhone a Telegram message thread between himself and the militia leader in which he disclosed his plans to be armed while attacking the Capitol.
Reffitt also told his family what he had done and threatened his teenage children to prevent them from reporting him to law enforcement.
Reffitt was arrested on Jan. 16, 2021, and he has been detained ever since. In a search of his home, FBI agents located the AR-15 style rifle and Smith & Wesson .40-caliber pistol that Reffitt had brought into Washington. They also located an illegal firearm suppressorcans of bear spray, flexi-cuffs, and other items.
Following his prison term, he will be placed on three years of supervised release. He also must pay $2,000 in restitution.
The case was prosecuted by the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Columbia. Valuable assistance was provided by the Department of Justice National Security Division’s Counterterrorism Section and the U.S. Attorney’s Offices for the Eastern and Northern Districts of Texas.
The case was investigated by the FBI’s Washington Field Office, the Frisco Resident Agency of the FBI’s Dallas Field Office, and the Austin Resident Agency of the FBI’s San Antonio Office. Valuable assistance was provided by the U.S. Capitol Police.
In the 18 months since Jan. 6, 2021, more than 850 individuals have been arrested in nearly all 50 states for crimes related to the breach of the U.S. Capitol, including over 260 individuals charged with assaulting or impeding law enforcement. The investigation remains ongoing.
Please help Guy Reffitt pay for an Appeals attorney HERE.
THIS IS ABSOLUTELY OUTRAGEOUS AND FRANKLY COMPLETELY OUT OF CONTROL.
THIS IS THE GOVERNMENT TYRANNY THAT OUR FOUNDING FATHERS WARNED US ABOUT.
Our thought and prayers go out to the Reffitt family except for his son who in my opinion is a worthless POS.
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