Former State Department aide, Federico G. Klein, has been handed a prison sentence of nearly six years for his role in the attack on the Capitol on January 6, 2021. Klein, a former U.S. Marine, used a stolen riot shield to assault officers during violent clashes in a tunnel beneath the Capitol building.
Klein’s arrest took place in March 2021, and he was later indicted for his actions. Following a non-jury trial in July, Klein was found guilty of eight felony charges and several misdemeanors. The charges against him include assaulting, resisting, or impeding officers, obstruction of an official proceeding, and civil disorder.
During the trial, Klein chose not to testify on his own behalf and also decided against making any statements to the court prior to his sentencing. In the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia, Judge Trevor N. McFadden delivered Klein’s sentence, which includes 70 months in prison and 24 months of supervised release.
This sentencing comes as part of ongoing efforts to hold accountable those involved in the violent attack on the Capitol, which occurred on January 6 when a mob of supporters of then-President Donald Trump stormed the building. The attack aimed to disrupt the certification of the Electoral College results that marked the victory of President Joe Biden.
Klein’s sentencing serves as a reminder that individuals who engage in acts of violence and lawlessness will face consequences for their actions. By imposing a substantial prison term, the court aims to send a strong message that the rule of law must be upheld and that those who participate in acts of aggression against law enforcement and public institutions will be held responsible.
As part of his sentence, Klein will also be subjected to supervised release for a period after completing his prison term. The court’s decision reflects the seriousness of his offenses and highlights the importance of ensuring public safety and security.
The case of Federico G. Klein joins a growing number of prosecutions related to the events of January 6, as authorities continue to investigate and identify individuals involved in the attack. The legal consequences faced by those found guilty of participating in the assault serve as a vital step towards reinforcing the principles of democracy and justice in the United States.
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