Photo of an ex-U.S. Army reservist who was a Nazi sympathizer. “Hitler Moustache”For his part in the January 6, 2021 Capitol Riots, he was sentenced to four-years in prison BBC reported.
Timothy Hale Cusanelli, 32 years old, was convicted of five charges in May and sentenced this week for four years, BBC reported.
He was also sentenced for three years of supervised released and required to pay $2,000 restitution. CNN reported.
The New Jersey native was sentenced to a six-and a half-year term by federal prosecutors, but the judge gave only four years. NBC News reported.
“It is well-established in the record at this point that Hale-Cusanelli subscribes to White Supremacist and Nazi-Sympathizer ideologies that drive his enthusiasm for another civil war and formed the basis of this Court’s pretrial determination that Hale-Cusanelli was a danger to the community,” prosecutor Kathryn Fifield wrote. “What Hale-Cusanelli was doing on January 6 was not activism,”Fifield was also added. “It was the preamble to his civil war.”
Hale-Cusanelli failed to convince jurors during his trial that he didn’t know that Congress met at the Capitol, a claim he made on the stand to avoid an obstruction of Congress conviction. He claimed that he was a witness to the proceedings. “a risible lie”And he said, “absolutely knew,” NBC News reported.
“I know this sounds idiotic, but I’m from New Jersey. I feel like an idiot, it sounds idiotic, and it is,” Hale-Cusanelli told jurors on the stand when he claimed that he didn’t know Congress met at the Capitol.
BBC reported that he was convicted by the jury on five counts, including one for obstruction of an official proceeding.
Hale-Cusanelli, who was known for dressing up as Nazi leader Adolf Hitler, told U.S. District Judge Trevor McFadden prior to his sentencing that he owed members of Congress and law enforcement an apology, NBC News reported.
“I disgraced my uniform and I disgraced the country,”He stated. “I do say ugly things,” he said on the stand, adding that they are “repugnant”He said that he was proud of his performance in front of many people. He assured the judge that he would “never see my face in court after this.”
Hale Cusanelli, when he addressed the judge, said that the time he spent alone in solitary confinement had made him a different person, NBC News reported.