QAnon Rioter Gets 41 Months For Assaulting Police

CNN reports:

A New Jersey gym owner and former MMA fighter who punched a police officer during the January 6 riot was sentenced to 41 months in prison on Wednesday, becoming the first rioter sentenced for violence against the police during the attack. Scott Fairlamb pleaded guilty to assaulting a police officer and obstructing an official proceeding in August.

“I truly regret my actions that day. I have nothing but remorse,” Fairlamb said in court Wednesday, later adding to the judge: “I just hope you show some mercy on me sir.”

His sentence will likely set an early benchmark for how harshly rioters charged with violence may be punished and ushers in a new phase of the Capitol riot cases, which so far have only had non-violent defendants sentenced largely to no jail time.

NBC News reports:

Fairlamb spoke and teared up in court on Wednesday as he said his father was a veteran who served the United States proudly. He apologized for disgracing his family’s name and called his behavior “irresponsible” and “reckless.” He said he “takes responsibility” for what he did. He referenced health problems including cancer and a cardiac issue.

A prosecutor argued that the federal sentencing guidelines were important to follow, ahead of similar cases in the future. Fairlamb solicited donations and already has collected $30,000, the attorney said, asking the judge to impose a fine and saying it’s “not right” for the defendant to financially benefit from Jan 6.