“Ashamed” Rioter Gets Six Months For Punching Cops

Law & Crime reports:

The Washington state man who punched two police officers during a standoff at the Capitol on Jan. 6 has been sentenced to six months in prison. Mark Leffingwell, 52, pleaded guilty in October to one count of assaulting, resisting, or impeding police officers. He faced off against police inside the Capitol building as officers struggled to hold off the mob, and when the officers made a move to physically push Leffingwell and others out of the building.

“I wanted to emphasize I’m embarrassed and ashamed of myself about what happened,” Leffingwell said at the hearing. He indicated the whole thing has been a “nightmare” for him. In a comment perhaps directed to an audience beyond Thursday’s sentencing hearing, District Judge Amy Berman Jackson said that “it needs to be clear” that the Jan. 6 attack on the capitol “is not legitimate political discourse.”

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