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January 6

calling Capitol riot defendant Doug Jensen D.C. federal judge Tim Kelly, one of the leaders of the riot, sentenced Jensen to five years in prison.

Kelly rebukes Jensen for lack of remorse and inciting rioters to attack Officer Eugene Goodman and US Capitol on January 6, 2021,

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FILE – Trump supporters including Doug Jensen, center, confront US Capitol Police in the hallway outside the Senate chamber at the Capitol in Washington, Jan. 6, 2021.

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The judge said that Goodman had “miraculously” prevented bloodshed by driving Jensen and the mob away from the Senate. Prosecutors called Jensen the “poster boy of the rebellion” and promoted the attack as one of the first 10 rioters to breach the Capitol.

Jensen appeared to miss an opportunity for some leniency by making a terse statement at the hearing. He expressed no remorse for the crime and said “I want to get back to a family man and a normal life before joining politics.” Judge Kelly criticized the statement, noting his lack of remorse or acceptance of any responsibility.

Prosecutors emphasized the unique role played by Jensen during the attack. An assistant US attorney argued that Jensen was “trying to incite a revolution.”

“He forced Officer Goodman to retreat,” she said, adding that Jensen “gambled on the fact that Officer Goodman would not pull the trigger of his firearm because of the size of the crowd”. “Officer Goodman was heroic,” she said.

Capitol Police Inspector Tom Loyd testified about the horrors and injuries he suffered as a result of Jensen’s actions that day. “The mob attacked us,” Loyd said, yet, “the defendant was able to walk out of the Capitol. He can thank Officer Goodman.” Loyd said that if Goodman had not directed the crowd away from the senators who were evacuating, “there would have been a bloodbath.”

The letter Lloyd submitted to the court reads as follows:

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Letter from Capitol Police Inspector Tom Loyd, presented at the sentencing hearing of defendant Doug Jensen on January 6.

Jensen, 43, of Des Moines, Iowa, pleaded guilty to five felony counts, including assaulting, resisting or obstructing a law enforcement officer and obstructing an official proceeding. He was also found guilty of two misdemeanor offenses in September.

He was being held at an Alexandria, Va., jail ahead of sentencing and will be transferred to the custody of the US Bureau of Prisons.

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