The gentleman who pleaded responsible to assaulting U.S. Capitol Law enforcement officer Brian Sicknick on Jan. 6, 2021, has been sentenced to eighty months in jail.
U.S. District Choose Thomas Hogan sentenced Julian Khater, 33, on Friday on two counts of assaulting law enforcement with a risky weapon, which incorporated the in excess of 6-12 months jail sentence and a $ten,000 good. Co-defendant and mate George Tanios, forty one, who notably ordered the pepper spray Khater utilised on Sicknick, pleaded responsible to misdemeanor expenses of disorderly and disruptive perform and was sentenced to time served, which was about 6 months. Khater’s 22 months put in in jail currently will be credited to his sentence.
Assistant U.S. Legal professional Gilead Gentle experienced formerly advocated a ninety-thirty day period sentence for Khater. Gentle mentioned that Khater experienced timed his assault in buy to hinder law enforcement from blocking protesters from getting into the Capitol.
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“The line fell 5 minutes following Julian Khater’s pepper spray,” Gentle mentioned throughout Hogan’s sentencing. “The line fell and we know what took place up coming.”
Sicknick went on to die of organic triggers and endured two strokes following currently being assaulted with chemical spray throughout the insurrection. Nevertheless, Washington, D.C., Main Health care Examiner Francisco J. Diaz advised the Washington Article following an autopsy was performed that the activities of Jan. 6 performed a purpose in Sicknick’s dying.
Protection lawyers Chad Seigel and Joseph Tacopina tried to reduce Khater’s punishment by conveying the alleged traumas he’d expert as an emigrant from Lebanon throughout the 2006 Israel-Hezbollah war.
“Indeed, Mr. Khater’s perform on January sixth was not portion of some orchestrated strategy to assault democracy but fairly constituted a fleeting and impulsive reaction to a second of hysteria fueled by his preexisting identified stress coupled with the strong impact of a mob mentality,” Seigel and Tacopina wrote in their sentencing memo.
Tacopina formerly represented Donald Trump Jr.’s spouse, Kimberly Guilfoyle, throughout her testimony to the Jan. 6 committee.
Sicknick’s longtime companion, Sandra Garza, submitted a lawsuit versus previous President Donald Trump and two some others searching for $ten million from the defendants beneath promises of wrongful dying and conspiracy to violate civil legal rights. She also submitted a wrongful dying civil fit versus Khater.