Judge sentences Capitol rioter who describes himself as an ‘accidental tourist’ to three months
A federal judge has sentenced a Capitol rioter to three months in jail, and said his sentencing should serve as a warning to others looking to avoid responsibility.
District Judge Thomas Hogan sentenced Robert Reeder, of Harford County, Maryland, to three months in jail on Friday for his role in the January 6 insurrection.
Reeder’s sentencing was postponed from August after the Twitter account ‘Sedition Hunters’ posted a clip of Reeder shoving a police officer on the steps outside the Capitol building.
During sentencing Hogan told Reeder he ‘can’t condone’ what Reeder did in the clip and that he was troubled by Reeder’s attempt to portray himself as an ‘accidental tourist’ to authorities, WUSA9.com reported.
‘I find your statements to the FBI to be self-serving and disingenuous, frankly,’ Hogan said.
He added that Reeder, like many of the people charged in relation to the January 6 Capitol siege who have pleaded guilty, still refuse to own up to their actions.
‘It has become evident to me in the riot cases that many of the defendants who are pleading guilty are not truly accepting responsibility,’ Hogan said.
‘They seem to me to be trying to get this out of the way as quickly and as inexpensively as possible — stating whatever they have to say in the guilty plea, getting probation, and hoping that would be the end of it,’ he added.
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Reeder (pictured at the Capitol) expressed remorse for his participation in the riots in court
Robert Reeder, of Harford County, Maryland, (pictured) was sentenced to three months in jail for his role in the January 6 insurrection
Robert Reeder (pictured in red hat) was captured on camera at the January 6 insurrection
But in a teary testimony, Reeder said his actions on January 6 have cost him everything and has made him a pariah, the Gwinnett Daily Post reported.
‘I am embarrassed. I am in shame,’ Reeder said. ‘The hurt that I have caused to other people, not just to myself … has left a permanent stain on me, society, the country, and I don’t want to be ever remembered for being part of that crowd,’ he said in court.
‘I accept full responsibility for being there,’ he added. ‘I want you to know that it was not only a mistake, but the biggest mistake of my life. I wish I had a chance to take it back and redeem myself.’
Reeder told the court that his son has been bullied as a result of his participation in he riots and his family is ‘ashamed because they share the same name,’ as him, the Daily Post reported.
He even told the judge his bad reputation has left him unemployed for 10 months, WUSA9.com reported.