On January 6, Doug Jensen was sentenced to 5 years in prison

Call Capitol riot suspect Doug Jensen a leader of the rebellion, DC federal judge Tim Kelly sentenced Jensen to five years in prison.

Kelly slams Jensen for his lack of remorse and encouraging rioters to attack Officer Eugene Goodman and the US Capitol January 6, 2021.

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FILE – Trump supporters, including Doug Jensen, center, confront U.S. Capitol Police in the hallway outside the Senate chamber, Jan. 6, 2021, on Capitol Hill in Washington.

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The judge said Goodman had prevented bloodshed by “miraculously” luring Jensen and the mob away from the Senate. Prosecutors called Jensen the “poster boy for the rebellion” and the instigator of the attack, as one of the first 10 rioters to breach the Capitol.

Jensen appeared to squander an opportunity for some degree of leniency by giving a tepid statement at the hearing. He expressed no remorse for the crime and said little more than “I want to go back to being a family man and a normal life before I get into politics.” Judge Kelly criticized the statement, noting the lack of remorse or acknowledgment of any responsibility.

Prosecutors emphasized the unique role Jensen played during the attack. An assistant US attorney argued that Jensen was “trying to start a revolution.”

It “forced Officer Goodman to retreat,” he said, adding that Jensen “played into the fact that Officer Goodman would not pull the trigger” of his firearm because of the size of the crowd. “Officer Goodman was heroic,” he said.

Capitol Police Inspector Tom Lloyd testified at the sentencing about the horror and injuries caused by Jensen’s actions that day. “The mob attacked us,” Lloyd said, adding that despite everything, “the defendant was able to get out of the Capitol. He can thank Officer Goodman.” Lloyd said that if Goodman had not led the mob away from the senators, who evacuated, “there would have been bloodshed.”

Here is the letter Lloyd submitted to the court:

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Capitol Police Superintendent Tom Lloyd’s letter submitted for defendant Doug Jensen’s January 6 sentencing hearing.

Jensen, 43, of Des Moines, Iowa, was found guilty by a jury of five felonies, including assault, resisting or obstructing a law enforcement officer and obstructing an official process. He also pleaded guilty to two misdemeanors in September.

He was being held at the Alexandria, Va., prison prior to sentencing and will be transferred to the custody of the U.S. Bureau of Prisons.

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