A federal judge USA sentenced this Thursday to four years of prison to a supporter Nazi for breaking into Capitol on January 6, 2021, claiming that his “motivation racist Y anti-semitic” had as a consequence his participation in the assault.
The defendant, Timothy Hale-Cusanelli, 32, was working as a security guard at a naval station in New Jersey when he joined the pro-mob.Trump who broke into the Capitol, as reported by ‘The New York Times’.
In a May trial in US District Court in Washington, Hale-Cusanelli was convicted of five criminal charges, including obstruction of the certification of the results of the elections of 2020.
The defendant has tried at all times during the trial to play down his role in the assault, claiming to the jury that he had “no idea” that the Congress met in the Capitol, something that the judge described as a “lie”.
For their part, prosecutors have argued that Hale-Cusanelli liked to dress up too often. Adolf Hitlerand who subscribes to the ideologies of the white supremacy and supporters of the Nazism, according to the aforementioned newspaper. “Hale-Cusanelli is, at best, extremely tolerant of the violence and death”, the prosecutors have described, assuring that the defendant’s actions during the assault on the capitol was not activism, but “the preamble to his civil war”.
In this sense, in a sentencing memorandum presented last week by the Government of USAHale-Cusanelli is reported to have told his roommate at the naval station that he had been fired up by the assault on the Capitol, comparing it to a “civil war“.
However, after sentencing, the judge in charge of the case explained that he believed that Hale-Cusanelli’s past actions reflected “a deep hostility and insensitivity” towards ethnic and religious minorities, which, he added, “had significant consequences, including fueling a recent surge in anti-Semitic attacks across the country.”
Eddie is an Australian news reporter with over 9 years in the industry and has published on Forbes and tech crunch.