A South Carolina man who threw traffic barriers and various “stick-like objects” at police trying to protect the US Congress from angry crowds on January 6 has been sentenced to more than three next year bars.
Nicholas Languerand, 26, was sentenced to 44 months in prison on Wednesday. In November, he pleaded guilty to one count of assault, resisting or obstructing officers amounting to hundreds. Donald Trump Supporters flood the Capitol building in an attempt to prevent Congress from certifying Joe Biden’s win the 2020 presidential election.
According to prosecutors, Languerand watched rioters confront police officers for hours. He then joined the fray at the lower West Terrace tunnel, first hurling two sticks at the officers guarding the tunnel and then launching an orange traffic cotton ball in their direction.
Prosecutors said he then threw a pepper spray, a piece of wood and another stick at the police. He then grabbed a stolen police riot shield and smashed it to the ground several times before shoving it towards the police.
In the days and weeks after the siege, Languerand bragged about his role in the riots, posting on social media that he “had some good footage” and acknowledging that “it was really violent.” force.”
“Next time we come back to rifles,” he posted on Instagram on Jan. 7. “It’s not a game.”
When investigators searched Languerand’s phone, they found a note in March that read: “I wrote a poem: Dear FBI, if you play nice, so am I. If you shoot my dog, we’ll all die.”
In November, Languerand pleaded guilty to one count of assaulting, resisting or obstructing certain officers from using a dangerous weapon. He admitted that given the size and weight of the cotton ball and stick-like objects, he could have inflicted serious injury on the officers.
Prosecutors asked for 51 months in prison and 3 years of supervised release; Languerand claims a year and a day, with credit for time served.
Languerand also asked the Senior Judge of the United States John D. Bates for a reduced variance compared with the sentencing principle. In his sentencing memo, Languerand details his extremely troubled and tumultuous childhood in which he was raised by an alcoholic father who allegedly tried to kill Languerand and his mother. older brother.
Languerand’s lawyer William Welch said at the hearing that the client’s unstable childhood led him to seek a sense of belonging in QAnonfar-right movement that supports Trump’s conspiracy theories.
“He was so hungry to belong, so hungry for a family, that he was drawn to this kind of thing,” Welch said.
Bates said that while he sympathizes with Languerand’s upbringing challenges, it does not account for Languerand’s actions on the Capitol.
“Clearly this was not a spontaneous event, not a spontaneous engagement, but repeated attempts to harm law enforcement officers protecting the Capitol.” Bates said, adding that Languerand’s assaults “have taken many forms, all of which are aggressive and offensive. ”
Bates, one Mr. George W. Bush appointee, also said that he was worried about Languerand post-Jan. 6 comments.
“’We’ll be back with rifles next time.’ Let’s stop for a moment and think about that,” Bates said, quoting one of Languerand Jan’s posts. That’s very court-related.”
Bates also said that Languerand’s letter to the court was also somewhat troubling.
“In the letter he was sent, he went on to praise QAnon, who prop up the conspiracy theories, and to some extent – to a rather significant extent – blame his violent behavior for being lost. other people cheat,” Bates said. “[That letter] leaves no lingering concern to the court about his recidivism and about how right and committed his remorse in this case is. “
Bates points out that he doesn’t quite buy Languerand’s expression of remorse, saying it’s not the “full commitment, denial and acceptance of personal responsibility one might hope to see.” .” But the judge has said he believes Languerand has learned some sort of lesson.
“The patriots here are not the ones who infiltrated the Capitol and attacked police officers,” Bates said. “Patriots are police officers who are defending the Capitol building and our democratic values. No question about that. And I think Mr. Languerand understands that now.”
Languerand’s sentence was one of the longest to date for the defendants on January 6. Robert Scott Palmerwho pleaded guilty to the same crime as Languerand, was sentenced in the december to the 63rd month behind bars; Devlyn Thompsonwho also admitted to assaulting the officer, was sentenced up to 46 months.
Scott Fairlamb and Jacob ChansleyTwo of the riot’s more notorious faces, each were sentenced to 41 months after pleading guilty to assaulting a police officer and obstructing an official congressional proceeding.
Bates also sentenced Languerand to supervised release, where computer use and internet access would be closely monitored. Pursuant to his plea agreement, Languerand will also have to pay a $2,000 fine.
At the end of Wednesday’s hearing, Bates agreed to Welch’s request to place Languerand on a facility in or near South Carolina, so he could be close to the grandparents who lived there. Languerand, who has been in custody since his arrest in April 2021, will be credited for the time served.
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