Judge sentences Capitol rioter who describes himself as an ‘accidental tourist’ to three months

, Judge sentences Capitol rioter who describes himself as an ‘accidental tourist’ to three months, The Today News USA

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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, Judge sentences Capitol rioter who describes himself as an ‘accidental tourist’ to three months, The Today News USA

, Judge sentences Capitol rioter who describes himself as an ‘accidental tourist’ to three months, The Today News USA

Reeder (pictured at the Capitol) expressed remorse for his participation in the riots in court 

, Judge sentences Capitol rioter who describes himself as an ‘accidental tourist’ to three months, The Today News USA

, Judge sentences Capitol rioter who describes himself as an ‘accidental tourist’ to three months, The Today News USA

Robert Reeder, of Harford County, Maryland, (pictured) was sentenced to three months in jail for his role in the January 6 insurrection

, Judge sentences Capitol rioter who describes himself as an ‘accidental tourist’ to three months, The Today News USA

, Judge sentences Capitol rioter who describes himself as an ‘accidental tourist’ to three months, The Today News USA

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. 

, Judge sentences Capitol rioter who describes himself as an ‘accidental tourist’ to three months, The Today News USA

‘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. 

‘I’m radioactive,’ he said. ‘No one wants to hire me. They just have to Google my name.’   

, Judge sentences Capitol rioter who describes himself as an ‘accidental tourist’ to three months, The Today News USA

, Judge sentences Capitol rioter who describes himself as an ‘accidental tourist’ to three months, The Today News USA

Reeder’s sentencing was postponed from August after ‘ Sedition Hunters’ posted a clip of Reeder shoving a police officer outside the Capitol on Twitter

, Judge sentences Capitol rioter who describes himself as an ‘accidental tourist’ to three months, The Today News USA

, Judge sentences Capitol rioter who describes himself as an ‘accidental tourist’ to three months, The Today News USA

Reeder is one of over 95 Capitol riot defendants that have pleaded guilty to federal charges

But Reeder said despite his past mistakes he believes he is not a bad person.  

‘I am a good man. I am,’ Reeder said.

Reeder is one of more than 95 Capitol riot defendants that have pleaded guilty to federal charges.

So far thirteen have been sentenced and Reeder is the seventh to serve jail time, WUSA9.com reported.  

The riot  at the Capitol on January 6 occurred as Congress was working on counting the Electoral College ballots and certifying Joe Biden’s presidential victory. 

Nearly 700 people have been charged in the nine months since.

The riot also resulted in the historic second impeachment of Trump, who was accused of inciting and goading the rioters.