Washington – A Canaanite believer Chaser of US Capitol Police Officer Eugene Goodman On January 6, 2021, he was sentenced to five years in prison on Friday for allegedly attacking the White House.
A jury found Doug Jensen, of Iowa, guilty of seven felony counts, including civil disorder and assault, resisting or obstructing an officer. In September. He was one of the first 10 rioters to enter the Capitol during the uprising.
“You are neither a warrior nor a patriot,” Judge Timothy Kelly told Jensen on Jan. 6 as he read the sentence. “But you weren’t a monster either.”
Jensen will serve three years of probation after his release and must pay $2,000 in restitution.
In a brief statement to the court, Jensen assured Kelly that he would not be involved in the judicial system again and expressed his desire to return to his “normal” life before politics as a family man.
“I can’t change the past, I can only see the future,” he said.
His attorney, Christopher Davis, told NBC News after the hearing, “I’m sure Mr. Jensen would have liked a lesser sentence,” adding that he would appeal Friday.
U.S. Capitol Police Inspector Tom Lloyd addressed the court on Jan. 6 about how it affected him and his officers, saying the riots “changed my life forever.” He filed a brief in support of Jensen’s conviction.
Last week, the federal government ordered the court to “sentence 64 months in prison, three years of supervised release, $2,000 in restitution and a mandatory special assessment totaling $520 for the five felony counts and two misdemeanor counts. .” In a separate filing, Jensen’s attorney asked that his client be sentenced to 27 months in prison, saying it was “an adequate sentence but not more than necessary.”
Jensen has been in pre-trial detention since last year. He was released on a high-intensity probation program, but a judge ordered him back into custody after he violated the terms of his release by live streaming an event by MyPillow CEO Mike Lindel that promoted conspiracy theories about the 2020 election.
On January 6, Jensen recorded videos from the base of the Capitol, where he accurately announced that he was in the White House. “Storm in the White House! That’s what we do!” he said In a video.
In a supporting document filed by the U.S. attorney this week in support of Jensen’s conviction, Lloyd wrote about how the riot changed his life. “We didn’t attack the mob, the mob attacked us,” he wrote.
Lloyd wrote that Jensen led the mob inside the Senate wing of the Capitol to the main entrance of the Senate floor, which he said threatened “the entire United States Senate, the Vice President and my staff.” Goodman, who was credited with rescuing members of Congress during the attack, distracted the rioters.
“Fortunately, the defendant was able to get out of the Capitol building on January 6,” Lloyd wrote. “He can thank Officer Goodman. If Officer Goodman had gotten the defendant and the rest of the gang out of the Senate lobby and attempted to break down those doors, there would have been a great deal of bloodshed.”
Had it not been for Goodman’s “quick thinking,” the rioters would have been kicked out of the building, he continued. “Many of my officers were not as fortunate as the defendant. Several of my officers were evacuated from the Capitol building on January 6th due to injuries.”
Goodman, who testified at Jensen’s trial, Assistant U.S. Attorney Eve Aryn Levenson Mirrell said “there was no backup” when she confronted the rioters. Also, the gang “led by the defendant” did not back down despite being asked by the authorities.
“It’s not a follow-the-leader game,” Mirrell said. Jensen was “arming the mob.”
A House committee has been set up to investigate the Jan 6 riots Publish its final report Wednesday detailed its thorough investigation and findings.
Liz Brown-Kaiser Contributed.