Here's How Jan. 6 Jury Trials Have Worked Out for Defendants So Far

A retired police officer who attacked law enforcement during the Capitol riot is the latest January 6 defendant to be jailed after taking his case to a jury trial.

Thomas Webster, 56, of the village of Florida, New York, was sentenced to 10 years in prison on Thursday after being found guilty of five felonies, including assaulting, resisting, or impeding officers with a dangerous weapon and engaging in physical violence in a restricted building or grounds, as well as one additional misdemeanor count of engaging in an act of physical violence in the Capitol building.

Webster, a former marine, wore a bulletproof vest while storming the Capitol on January 6, 2021, while also carrying a metal flagpole bearing the red and yellow flag of the U.S. Marine Corps. Webster later used the flagpole to swing at an officer protecting the building from the violent mob. Webster also tackled the Metropolitan Police Department officer and choked them during the assault.

Webster is one of eight defendants who have been convicted by a jury after being arrested in connection to the Capitol attack, with each one found guilty of all the charges against them.

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This combination image shows the January 6 defendants who have been found guilty: Anthony Williams (Top Left), Thomas Webster (Top Middle), Dustin Thompson, (Top Right), Thomas Roberston (Bottom Left), Timothy Hale-Cusanelli (Bottom Middle) and Guy Reffitt (Bottom Right). FBI/AP/GOVERNMENT EXHIBIT/U.S. ATTORNEY'S OFFICE FOR D.C

Webster's 10-year prison term is also the longest sentence handed down to any January 6 defendant so far.

The previous longest sentences were given to Thomas Robertson, an off-duty police officer from Virginia, and Guy Reffitt, who were both handed 87 months in separate August court hearings.

Reffitt, a member of the far-right Three Percenters militia group from Texas, was the first January 6 defendant to go to trial and was found guilty of all five counts against him, including entering and remaining in a restricted building or grounds with a firearm, and obstruction of justice by a jury in March.

Robertson was found guilty by a jury on April 11, of a total of six charges, five of which were felonies, following a trial in Washington, D.C. in April.

The Department of Justice said in an August 6 update—19 months since the riot took place—that 353 individuals have pleaded guilty to charges rather than have their case go to court, 283 of which were for misdemeanors offenses, and 70 of which were felonies.

Of the 70 guilty pleas for felonies, 37 have been for assaulting police officers or obstructing, impeding, or interfering with a law enforcement officer during a civil disorder. Of these 37 defendants, 18 have been sentenced to prison terms of up to 63 months.

In November 2021, New Jersey man Scott Fairlamb was the first person sentenced for assaulting an officer during the riot and was handed a 41-month sentence, although prosecutors did push for more.

How Jan. 6 Jury Trials Have Worked Out

Thomas Webster

Webster, who retired from the New York Police Department in 2011 after 20 years of service, was handed the record-setting 10-year sentence after being found guilty by a jury in May of five counts.

Guy Reffitt

Reffitt was the first of the hundreds of defendants to stand trial in connection with January 6. Reffitt was arrested after being turned over by his own family. A jury found him guilty of five charges in March and he was later jailed for more than seven years.

Thomas Robertson

Robertson, a former police officer in Rocky Mount, Virginia, was found guilty of all six charges at his trial in April and also later handed a seven-year sentence.

Robertson's co-defendant, fellow off-duty officer Jacob Fracker, 30, pleaded guilty in March 2021 to a federal conspiracy charge. Fracker was sentenced to a year of probation, with 59 days of home confinement.

Matthew Bledsoe

Bledsoe, who recorded himself inside the Capitol building on January 6, was convicted in July by a jury of a felony count of obstruction of an official proceeding as well as four misdemeanors, including entering or remaining in a restricted building and disorderly and disruptive conduct.

He is to be sentenced on October 21 and faces up to 20 years in prison over the felony count.

Anthony Williams

The Michigan man was found guilty by a jury in June of one felony offense of obstruction of an official proceeding and four related misdemeanor charges.

In the months after the riot, even after he was arrested, Williams boasted about the riot on social media, writing on April 19 "I was in the Capitol and have absolutely no remorse or fear in saying or doing it."

Williams is to be sentenced on September 16.

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Trump supporters clash with police and security forces as they push barricades to storm the US Capitol in Washington D.C on January 6, 2021. ROBERTO SCHMIDT / AFP/Getty Images

Timothy Hale-Cusanelli

The Army reservist described by co-workers as speaking openly about hating Jews was found guilty by a jury in May 2022.

Prosecutors said Hale-Cusanelli was among the first rioters to enter the Capitol Building, and later told a friend he hoped the insurrection would lead to a "civil war." He is to be sentenced on September 16, 2022.

Erik Herrera

California man Herrera, 34, was found guilty on August 18 of the felony offense of obstruction of an official proceeding, and four misdemeanor offenses, including entering and remaining in a restricted building or grounds and disorderly conduct in a Capitol Building. He is to be sentenced on November 10, 2022.

Dustin Thompson

Thompson, 38, of Columbus, Ohio, who said that former President Donald Trump "ordered" him to storm the Capitol, was found guilty of a total of six charges following a trial in D.C. in April—one felony, obstruction of an official proceeding, and five misdemeanor offenses including theft of government property.

Thompson was due to be sentenced on July 20, 2022, but was moved to September 23.

Update 9/2/22, 10:40 a.m. ET: This article was updated with a new photo.