PA Man returned by ex-girlfriend gets 9 months in January 6 Capitol Riot – NBC10 Philadelphia

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  • A Delaware County man charged in the January 6, 2021 riot at the United States Capitol has been sentenced to nine months in federal prison.
  • Richard Michetti of Ridley Park pleaded guilty to aiding and abetting the obstruction of official process. He was also sentenced on Tuesday to spend two years on probation and to pay a special assessment of $100 and $2,000 in restitution.
  • Michetti told the judge that he had enrolled in anger management classes and was now attending church regularly, and that “the person exposed on January 6 is not the same person as your honor sees here today”.

A man from suburban Philadelphia charged on January 6, 2021 with rioting at the United States Capitol has been sentenced to nine months in federal prison after he apparently insulted the intelligence of an ex-girlfriend for not believing that the he election had been stolen and she turned him over to the authorities.

Richard Michetti, 29, of Ridley Park, was also ordered on Tuesday to spend two years on probation and pay a special assessment of $100 and $2,000 in restitution. He pleaded guilty in May in Washington to aiding and abetting the obstruction of official process. The charges of trespassing, violent entry and disorderly conduct were dismissed.

FBI authorities said a former romantic partner of Michetti alerted authorities to his presence a day after the Capitol was seized by supporters of then-President Donald Trump. Officials said photos showed him inside the Capitol rotunda. The affidavit alleged that Michetti said he was there to protest the election results and told the informant in a text message several hours after the siege began “If you can’t see the election was stolen, you’re a moron”.

The Philadelphia Inquirer reported that during Tuesday’s hearing in Washington, he apologized to police, his family and “average Americans who were engaged and scared by the events of that day.”

“Even though I thought the vote wasn’t fair, that doesn’t give anyone the right to act that way,” he said.

Prosecutors called for an 18-month sentence, saying he had shown a disregard for the rule of law and “a willingness to incite and engage in violence”. Defense attorney Perry de Marco Sr. said his client never planned to be part of an insurgency, but acted out of a “fervent belief that the country was moving in a horrible direction.” .

Michetti told the judge that he had enrolled in anger management classes and was now attending church regularly, and that “the person exposed on January 6 is not the same person as your honor sees here today”.

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