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Jailed rioter who ‘lit the match’ on Jan. 6 appeals sentence

Guy Reffitt is seen on U.S. Capitol grounds on Jan. 6, 2021.

Guy Reffitt is seen on U.S. Capitol grounds on Jan. 6, 2021. (Images via FBI court filing.)

After Guy Reffitt was convicted of storming the Capitol on Jan. 6 while carrying a loaded firearm, he was sentenced to just over 7 years in prison. But now the Texas militia member wants to be released pending appeal and argues a controversial ruling involving a former Air Force officer turned rioter supports his claim.

Reffitt filed the six-page motion in the U.S. District Court District of Columbia on March 2, stating the appeal of his 87-month sentence was necessary because the judge had unfairly overruled his objections to certain enhancements at his sentencing hearing in August 2022.

Specifically, he objected to enhancements on the charge that he obstructed and interfered with the “administration of justice” when he breached the Capitol with fellow members of the mob of Donald Trump supporters. Reffitt urged the court to consider the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia decision that found the “administration of justice” statute did not include the counting of the Electoral College vote.

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