Those who are familiar with Reffitt claim he is a talker. The proof against Guy Reffitt, who was on trial for taking a weapon to the US Capitol during the 6 January incident, was so strong that his defense attorney used it as his principal justification for attempting to have it dismissed.
Guy Reffitt, the first defendant in the US Capitol riot case, testified in front of the judge and jury as well as his own son. Reffitt was given a prison term of over seven years on Monday.
A Texas man who stormed the U.S. Capitol on January 6, 2021, was given a more than seven-year prison term by a federal judge on Monday. The Texas Three Percenters militia member Guy Reffitt is currently serving the longest term out of the hundreds of Capitol riot cases.
According to a court document, Reffitt informed other militia members that he intended to drag House Speaker Nancy Pelosi out of the Capitol building by her ankles, “with her head hitting every step on the way down.” Reffitt was the first person to face trial for the attack on the joint session of Congress on January 6, 2021, during which supporters of then-President Trump stopped it from certifying Joe Biden’s victory in the 2020 election.
His prison term of seven years and three months is two years longer than the previous record-holder for the longest prison term for a defendant in the Capitol riot. Reffitt was sought out for a 15-year sentence by assistant US attorney Jeffrey Nestler, who described him as a domestic terrorist seeking to physically oust and replace members of Congress.
Judge Dabney Friedrich of the U.S. District Court disagreed with the prosecution’s argument that Reffitt’s case called for a “upward departure for terrorism.” Prosecutors had never before asked for that sentencing enhancement in a case from January 6 before. Friedrich, however, questioned the justification for Reffitt receiving the terrorist enhancement given the large number of protestors who also engaged in violence and made alarming threats.
Reffitt apologized profanely to the police officers, lawmakers, and congressional staff who were present at the Capitol on January 6 on Monday. Clinton Broden, Reffitt’s defense counsel, argued for a sentence of no more than two years in jail. Broden pointed out that Reffitt didn’t break into the Capitol or fight any police officers. Videos show the altercation between Reffitt and a crowd of individuals who approached outnumbered Capitol police officers on the west side of the building.
When he approached the cops, Reffitt was clad in body armor and a helmet fitted with a video camera, carrying zip-tie handcuffs, and carrying a Smith & Wesson revolver that was concealed in a holster on his belt, according to the prosecution. He backed off after being pepper sprayed in the face by an officer, but other rioters waved him on and eventually broke into the building, according to the prosecution.
The atmosphere at their home got tense as the father and son went to the right and the left, respectively. The Reffitts displayed their support for a paramilitary group by flying a Texas Three Percenters flag outside their house (members claim only three percent of people in the colonies took up arms against the British during the American revolution).
Guy carried a Smith & Wesson 40-caliber handgun with him everywhere in the house, including the kitchen and living room. He kept it on his nightstand. In a group conversation with his family, he vented about the dishonest Washington politicians. He posted a message in late December 2020 that read, “Time to eliminate them,” which the prosecution showed to the jury. “That is why I’m traveling to DC.”
Trump was considering ways to maintain his position of authority at this time. Another text Guy sent that month made a clue about what he intended to do in the capital: “Hold my beer and I’ll show you. What happens next is about tyranny.” Guy’s texts and remarks, according to family and friends who were present in the courtroom that day and throughout the trial, have been exaggerated.
Guy’s wife, Nicole, 48, claimed he was a big talker and that she and their kids made fun of it by saying, “Don’t do a Guy.” Nicole chain smoked during court breaks and had short, white-blonde hair. That entails using foul language, like he does, or making an effort to outdo or amaze others.
During one of these intervals, Nicole sat next to her mother-in-law Linda Reffitt, 74, who travels in an RV and came to Washington, DC, for the trial with her oldest son, Nathan. They remembered Guy’s coarse language, some of which he had captured on camera on January 6th, as the afternoon sun spilled into the room. The tape was played in the courtroom by the prosecution.
In the recording, Guy Reffitt made derogatory remarks about Nancy Pelosi, the speaker of the US House of Representatives, and discussed a hazy strategy for “dragging” her from the Capitol. According to Nicole, she often wished she could sneak out of the room. She emphasized that her spouse is not a threat to anyone and that it is all just chatter.
Harrison was sentenced on Monday for five felonies, including witness tampering, trespassing into the Capitol while carrying a holstered semiautomatic weapon, interfering with law enforcement in a riot, and interrupting a congressional official procedure.
The extensive federal investigation into the 6 January incident that led to the filing of charges against hundreds of people is what led to Reffitt’s conviction. Nicole alleged following the verdict that her husband had been used as an example to force the six January defendants to enter a plea. She implored, “Do not accept a plea one-sixers. We got this.