Capitol rioter Robert Palmer gets 5 years, harshest sentence yet

A Florida man was sentenced to greater than 5 years behind bars Friday for storming the US Capitol on Jan. 6 — the harshest penalty dished out yet over the rebellion.

Robert Palmer, 54, was handed a 63-month sentence after he pleaded responsible in October to attacking cops through the riot.

“Your honor. I’m actually actually ashamed of what I did,” he informed US District Choose Tanya Chutkan via sobs on Friday.

Federal prosecutors stated Palmer, of Largo Florida, was on the “entrance strains” of the mob making an attempt to disrupt the certification of Joe Biden’s victory within the 2020 election. Palmer threw a wood plank at cops earlier than spraying a hearth extinguisher that he then additionally hurled.

He was halted briefly when he was pepper-sprayed by law-enforcement — however then attacked once more with a pole, in keeping with prosecutors.

In a handwritten letter to the decide, Palmer stated that he and different supporters of former President Donald Trump had been “lied to by these on the time who had nice energy.”

Robert Palmer is accused of spraying a fire extinguisher onto officers during the Capitol riot.
Robert Palmer is accused of spraying a hearth extinguisher onto officers.
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Robert Palmer believed it was his obligation “to face as much as tyranny” on behalf of former President Donald Trump.
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“They stored spitting out the false narrative a few stolen election and the way it was ‘our obligation’ to face as much as tyranny.”

Palmer — certainly one of a number of rioters sentenced in Washington, DC, courtroom on Friday — argued it wasn’t honest that he be punished so severely, when the various ringleaders aren’t in jail.

Chutkan agreed — to some extent.

“The individuals who extorted you and inspired you and rallied you to go and take motion haven’t been charged,” the decide stated. “That isn’t the courtroom’s choice. I’ve my opinions however they don’t seem to be related.”

Evidence shows Robert Palmer throwing a fire extinguisher at police before being pepper sprayed by them.
Robert Palmer is seen throwing a hearth extinguisher at police earlier than being pepper-sprayed on Jan. 6.
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The earlier longest sentence for a Capitol rioter was the 41 months dealt to each “QAnon Shaman” Jacob Chansley of Arizona and New Jersey fitness center proprietor Scott Fairlamb, who was the primary defendant sentenced for assaulting a legislation enforcement officer.

“It needs to be made clear … making an attempt to cease the peaceable transition of energy and assaulting legislation enforcement officers goes to be met with sure punishment,” Chutkan stated. “There are going to be penalties. I’m not making an instance of you. I’m sentencing you for the conduct you probably did.”

Capitol rioter Jacob Chansley, aka “QAnon Shaman”, was given a 41-month jail sentence.
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Robert Palmer, 54, was handed a 63-month sentence after he pleaded guilty to attacking police officers during the riot.
Robert Palmer argued a number of ringleaders of the Capitol riot haven’t yet been punished.
Division of Justice

Palmer is the sixty fifth defendant to be sentenced general out of greater than 700 individuals who have been charged. In all, there was about $1.5 million in injury achieved to the Capitol.

With Put up wires