‘Embarrassed’ Capitol Rioter Who Wore ‘(F ** k) Your Feelings’ Sweatshirt Has Been Sentenced

Russell James Peterson during the Capitol Riot in a

A Capitol Riots defendant who traveled to Washington on January 6 with his mother and stormed the US Capitol while wearing a “(F ** k) Your Feelings” sweatshirt was sentenced to 30 days behind bars Wednesday.

Russell James Peterson was convicted by U.S. District Judge Amy Berman Jackson, who handed down a sentence more than twice the length of the two weeks of incarceration requested by federal prosecutors. Jackson said Peterson’s own words, in which Peterson bragged about his conduct on Jan.6, led to his decision. She particularly focused on his comment that he “had fun lol” on January 6th.

“The ‘lol’ particularly stuck in my stomach because as I hope you understood, nothing about January 6 was funny,” Jackson said. Officers have been injured, people have been killed, property damaged and stolen, Jackson said.

“It was disgusting, it was horrible, and it was utterly incompatible with what this country stands for, and I fear there is continued prejudice to what our democracy is meant to be,” Jackson said. , “and we don’t know if it’s repeatable or not, because we really don’t know yet if things will go back to their former way, or if a violent and disorderly reaction to the elections is now an acceptable option for a large part of the population.

Jackson said she sympathized with Peterson’s time in the reception system and noted that he had a difficult life. While it was not his role to judge Peterson’s life, she said he overcame difficult obstacles and had admirable features.

Peterson, in a letter to Jackson, wrote that he was “embarrassed and ashamed” of his conduct. In court, he apologized for his actions and said he wanted to “carry my cross and pay my debt”.

“He is ashamed of his behavior and had a lot of remorse,” his lawyer Danielle Jahn told the judge. Jahn said he was engaged in a social media bravado, falsely claiming he “smoked a blunt” on Capitol Hill.

“He didn’t smoke a blunt on Capitol Hill,” Jahn said. Like former President Donald Trump, she says, Peterson lied on social media.

The FBI arrested more than 675 people in connection with the January 6 attack, a figure that represents about a quarter of the total number of individuals who engaged in a criminal act that day, either by illegally entering the Capitol, or by engaging in violence outside the building. The FBI is still looking for more than 350 pro-Trump mob members who have engaged in violence, more than 250 of whom are still wanted for assaulting law enforcement.

Jackson said Peterson, unlike many defendants and participants in the Jan.6 attack on Capitol Hill, had actually reflected on his actions and made changes.

“A lot of people haven’t learned anything,” Jackson said.

This article originally appeared on HuffPost and has been updated.

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