A growing number of Capitol rioters are being arrested for other crimes —from guns to drugs — which could mean more jail time: report
- Over 900 people have been arrested and charged in connection with the Capitol riot, according to Insider's database.
- A growing number of them have subsequently been charged with additional separate crimes, CBS News reported.
A growing number of Capitol rioters facing federal prosecution have been charged for other unrelated crimes — from domestic violence to gun and drug charges — according to a review of DOJ records published by CBS News.
In one instance, federal authorities said a Navy reservist went into "panic mode" after the Capitol riot and made $50,000 in firearms-related purchases, The Washington Post reported. Hatchet Speed, who was charged June in connection to the riot, was also indicted by a Virginia grand jury on three counts of unlawful possession of a silencer, per CBS News.
Kene Lazo, another Capitol rioter, was arrested by federal authorities in May 2021 for being part of the insurrection but was arrested again three months later in Virginia on domestic violence charges, CBS News reported.
Prosecutors used Lazo's domestic violence charge to get him a prison sentence, CBS News reported. In another case, police discovered guns and controlled substances when they searched Elias Costianes' Maryland home in connection to the riot, leading to further charges, the outlet reported.
Insider has reported that so far, 910 have faced charges in connection to the January 6 insurrection.
Michael Greenberger, a law professor at the University of Maryland told CBS News that the politicization of the prosecution of January 6 defendants could potentially increase their likelihood of ending up back in prison.
Additionally, these additional charges could make it harder for the defendants to get lenient sentences in their Capitol riot charges and could mean that other defendants could struggle to secure pretrial releases.
Greenberger told CBS News that Trump's rhetoric "leaves these bad actors with little doubt that they will ultimately be forgiven—if not lionized."
He continued, "Reality, however, is likely to settle upon those guys when they are ultimately sentenced or re-sentenced to many years in jail."
Former President Donald Trump and his allies have praised the rioters. Trump has previously said he's "financially supporting" the rioters and would "very seriously" consider pardons for those arrested in connection with the riot if he's re-elected in 2024.
"It's a disgrace what they've done to them," Trump said earlier this month.
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