Man who stormed Capitol on January 6 with father is sentenced to two years in jail

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A man who stormed the US Capitol building with his father on January 6, 2021, has been sentenced to two years in prison. Hunter Seefried, 24, and his father, Kevin Seefried, 53, were among the first people to enter the Congress building on Washington DC.

Seefried Jr was convicted by a Washington DC judge on a felony count of obstruction of an official proceeding and other misdemeanor counts.

Seefried Sr, 53, was convicted at the same trial, which was decided by a judge rather than a jury.

The US Attorney’s Office for the District of Columbia said in a statement that the father and son, of Laurel, Delaware, “were among the first people to enter the Capitol on January 6”.

At his sentencing, Seefried Jr told US District Judge Trevor McFadden he was “deeply sorry” for his actions and “very ashamed of how I carried myself that day”.

He added every day he carries the “shame and realisation” that he participated in an event that’s a “stain” not only on his character, but on US history.

The court heard that Seefried Jr cleared a piece of glass from a window after it had been smashed by another rioter.

The January 6 storming of the Capitol building involved supporters of Donald Trump attempting to stop the certification of Joe Biden’s election victory.

Seefried Sr was photographed carrying a large Confederate flag through the halls of the Capitol.

Judge McFadden said at the hearing that January 6 was a “national embarrassment”, which Seefried Jr willingly participated in.

However, he said: “I believe you are a good man who messed up badly.”

Seefried Sr’s sentencing is scheduled for January again in front of Judge McFadden.

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