Columbus man who blamed Trump for joining Capitol attack gets 3 years

A Columbus man was sentenced to three years in prison on Friday after unsuccessfully arguing that he was not at fault for joining insurrectionists at the US Capitol on Jan. 6, 2021.

Dustin Byron Thompson blamed then-president Donald Trump for directing him to assault the Capitol, where he stole a coat rack, booze and pager.

A federal jury found Thompson, 38, guilty in April of one felony count of obstruction of an official proceeding, and five misdemeanor offenses.

On Friday, Thompson appeared in federal court in Washington DC, where US District Judge Reggie B. Walton sentenced him to three years in prison and three years of probation. Walton also ordered Thompson to pay $2,000 in restitution. Thompson will receive credit for time served in jail.

US attorneys had asked for a sentence of five years and 10 months in prison. Thompson’s attorney, Andrew M. Stewart, argued for a one-year prison sentence.

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