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Jan. 6 rioter who filmed armed police in Capitol sentenced

Left: Justice Department released footage from Damon Michael Beckley showing a law enforcement officer with his gun drawn as rioters attempted to enter a barricaded chamber on Jan. 6, 2021 (via NBC News/YouTube screengrab). Center: Damon Michael Beckley booking photo (via Grayson County Detention Center). Right: In same footage from the DOJ, U.S. Rep Troy Nehls points his finger at rioters to scold them (via NBC News/YouTube screengrab).

A Kentucky man who breached the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6 and filmed a very tense exchange between rioters and lawmakers as armed police protected legislators from the mob was sentenced to 18 months in prison on Monday.

Prosecutors originally sought 37 months.

Damon Michael Beckley, 55, of Cub Run, was arrested and indicted roughly a week after the attack on the Capitol on just two charges.

Later, a superseding indictment upped the ante to six. He was charged with obstruction of an official proceeding; civil disorder, entering and remaining in a restricted area, building or grounds; disorderly conduct in a restricted area; disorderly conduct in of the Capitol building; and parading and demonstrating inside of the Capitol. According to a paperless order on the docket entered Monday, however, prosecutors did not oppose dropping some of the charges, and four were dismissed.

His 18-month sentence ordered by U.S. District Chief Judge James Boasberg on Monday was for the two felony counts of obstruction of an official proceeding and civil disorder. Beckley was convicted a year ago this month during a stipulated trial.

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