Adam Johnson, the Florida man who bragged that he “broke the internet” during the January 6th attack on the U.S. Captiol, was sentenced to 75 days in prison on Friday, NBC news reports.
Johnson stood before U.S. District Court Judge Reggie B. Walton, who said he made “a mockery” of the unfortunate event by grabbing Speaker Pelosi’s lectern, posing for a photo with it, and allegedly directing other rioters to enter her office. Judge Walton sentenced Johnson to 75 days in prison, and hit him with a fine of $5,000.
“What do you do to send a message to the American public that yes, it’s fine to protest, but it’s totally reprehensible and must be sanctioned if you do something to undermine the fundamental fabric of this country, which is what happened on Jan. 6th of last year,’ Walton said on Friday. “That’s the hard challenge I have…How can you call yourself a good role model or those five boys when you come up and do something like this?”
Johnson, a father of five, pleaded guilty to one count of entering or remaining in any restricted building on November 22nd. He reportedly admitted to unlawfully entering the Capitol, and grabbing Pelosi’s podium “because he believed it would made a good prop for a picture.” He also admitted to shouting that a George Washington statue would be “a great battering ram” for rioters to break into the floor of the U.S. House.
Assistant U.S. Attorney Jessica Arco told the court Friday that Johnson deserved prison time for his actions, and said video footage from the attack showed he was “part of a violent mob.”
While Adam Johnson seemed to be quite proud of his actions on Jan. 6th, his attorney’s claimed that he “deeply regrets his participation in the break of the U.S. Capitol and that the “damage and vile inflicted on that date by others is contrary to everything he believes in.”
Johnson will get credit for time he’s already served, leaving him about 60 days in prison, and will have to complete 200 hours of community service while on probation for one year.
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