NJ Man Sentance to 3.5 Years in Prison for Jan 6 Attack
Scott Fairlamb assaulted a cop while attacking the US Capitol
Ten months after the deadly attack on the United States Capitol by supporters of Trump, the first insurrectionist has been sentenced for the violent actions that took place on January 6th.
Scott Fairlamb, a New Jersey gym owner and former MMA fighter, plead guilty to assaulting a police officer and obstructing government proceedings in August and faced sentencing on November 10. At sentencing, a judge sentenced him to 41 months behind bars and another 36 months of supervised release following his prison sentence. He will also have to pay $2,000 for damage done to the Capitol building.
While other people who took part in the attack have been sentenced, Fairlamb is the first to be sentenced for assault. Most of the others were sentenced for more minor offenses like trespassing or obstructing government proceedings.
Fairlamb, who has a criminal history, was seen in photos posing with an “AREA CLOSED” sign outside the Capitol and messaged a friend after saying that he’d “go again” to the Capitol. Prosecutors argued that this proved that he knew he was not supposed to be past the sign and that he was illegally there. Police bodycam footage also shows Fairlamb following and yelling at officers shouting "you have no idea what the f**k you're doing." The video then shows him shoving and punching the officer in the head.
His anger and violence didn’t stop there. Four days later, Fairlamb took to Instagram where he tagged Missouri Democrat Representative Cori Bush in a post. In that post, Fairlamb wrote that he "shoulda lit your ass up," apparently in reference to shooting her during the attack. The post also contained screenshots of racist and sexist threats against the Congresswoman.
At his sentencing, Judge Royce Lamberth, said that Fairlamb’s decision to take a plea deal was a smart move as it was unlikely that a jury would have acquitted him. Lamberth also warned that other January 6 defendants who are facing similar charges could get a lot more jail time if they take their cases to trial.
"It's such a serious offense... an affront to society and to the law to have the Capitol overrun and the function of government stopped," said Judge Royce Lamberth, noting that the assault struck "in the heart of our democracy." He went on to say "The way you hit (the police officer) in the face like that, you're fortunate he wasn't injured.”
Currently, there are 691 people who are facing charges related to the attack on the Capitol. 105 of them have already entered guilty pleas.
Due to the assault on an officer Fairlamb’s conviction is seen as a major win for the government. Another high-profile case, the sentencing of Jacob Chansley aka Qanon Shaman who was widely pictured wearing horns and an animal skin on his shirtless body, moved forward on November 10th with prosecutors asking for an even stiffer penalty than the one-handed down for Fairlamb. In a sentencing memo filed on Tuesday, they asked that Qanon Shaman be sentenced to 51 months in prison, three years of supervised release, and pay $2,000 in restitution. Chansley was one of the first 30 people to enter the Capitol at around 2:15PM on January 6th. While inside he entered the Senate Gallery and scaled the Senate dais. He then went on to give multiple interviews claiming he did nothing wrong. Although he is not facing violent charges
Chansley, who will be sentenced next week, has been detained since the attack and spent more than 300 days in solitary confinement. He has also gone on a hunger strike with the hope that Trump would pardon him before leaving office. He plead guilty in early September to obstruction of an official proceeding. The charge carries a maximum penalty of 20 years in prison.