An Ohio man trying to blame the former president for his decision to join the mob that stormed the US Capitol donald trump was convicted on six counts, including a charge of obstruction of crime, which carries a possible 20-year prison sentence.
Dustin Thompson, 38, of Columbus, was sentenced Thursday after four days of trial. It took the jury about three hours to return the verdict, in which Thompson was convicted of one felony – obstruction of Congress – and five misdemeanors, including theft of government property.
Thompson was also convicted of entering and remaining in a restricted building or compound, disorderly and disruptive conduct in a restricted building or compound, disorderly conduct in a Capitol building, and parading, demonstrating, or picketing in a Capitol building.
Thompson was caught on surveillance footage in the Capitol carrying both a bottle of bourbon and a wardrobe he stole from the Senate Houseman’s office as hordes of Trump supporters poured through the building to prevent Congress from certifying Joe BidenVictory in the 2020 presidential election.
After exiting the building, Thompson and co-defendants Robert Anthony Lyons were pulled over by Capitol Police while waiting for an Uber; They were still on the Capitol grounds, and police directed both men to await their ride.
Rather than leave the stolen wardrobe behind, Thompson — still with Capitol Police in attendance — picked it up, apparently intending to take it with him. Officers told Thompson to take off his wardrobe, which he did just before fleeing, leaving Lyon to face police alone.
Lyon, 28, pleaded guilty to theft of government property and disorderly conduct in March.
In the trial, Thompson defended himself by believing he was only following Trump’s instructions. Earlier that day Trump had encouraged those attending his so-called “Stop the Steal” rally to march to the Capitol, where Congress upheld the Electoral College vote that would confirm Biden’s victory and “fight the fuck” against the results .
“When the president almost orders you to do something, I felt obligated to do it,” Thompson said, adding that he felt “needed to do something to get his respect or approval,” NBC News reported.
Prosecutors strongly opposed that position, reportedly calling it a distraction and urging the jury to stay focused.
“He wants you to think you have to choose between President Trump and his client, Mr. Thompson, right? That all you can say is that one of them committed a crime that day, or that one of them is worse than the other.” William Turner told the jury in closing arguments, according to Politico report. “Ladies and gentlemen, you don’t have to decide.”
“This is not President Trump’s criminal case,” said Dreher. “It is not for you to decide whether anyone other than the accused should be prosecuted for any of the crimes charged. The fact that another person may also be guilty is not a defense against a criminal charge. The question of the possible guilt of others should not enter your mind.”
After Thursday’s sentencing, Senior US District Judge Reggie Walton ordered Thompson to be held pending sentencing.
“You make your bed, you lie in it,” Walton, a George W Bush Representative, allegedly said.
Walton said that he believed Thompson had not been forthcoming during his testimony in court, which raised concerns about his release before Politico’s sentencing Kyle Cheney reported.
The judge also took the opportunity to express his grave concern about the impact of January 6 and elected officials who were infuriating gullible supporters and preparing them for the violent attack that would represent what is often seen as the true example of a successful democracy is referred to, temporarily stopped: The peaceful transfer of power.
“I think our democracy is in trouble because unfortunately we have charlatans like our former president, who I don’t think really cares about democracy, just about power,” Walton said, according to Politico.
Walton also had harsh words for Thompson, describing him as “moronic,” “gullible” and unable to tell the difference between Trump’s false claims of voter fraud and reality.
Thursday’s conviction is the third jury trial resulting in a clean conviction of a January 6 defendant. Guy Refitta member of a militia group whose name is based on a lieand Thomas Robertsona former Virginia police officer, were both convicted on all charges.
Prosecutors had somewhat less success in two bank cases that are only heard before a judge. Matthew Martinwho testified that January 6th was a “magical day”. fully acquittedand Cowboys for Trump founders Couy Griffin was convicted of a single offense and acquitted of another. Both cases were heard before a US District Judge Trevor McFaddena Trump representative.
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