(TheLibertyRevolution.com)- A veteran of the Marine Corps was sentenced to 10 days in prison for his role in the attack on the U.S. Capitol building on January 6, 2021.
Robert Petrosh, who is from New Jersey, was sentenced for the Class A misdemeanor for stealing multiple microphones from the lectern belonging to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi.
Trevor McFadden, the U.S. District judge in the case, sentenced Petrosh to serve 10 days behind bars for theft of government property. Petrosh pleaded guilty in the case back in January, and in exchange, the prosecutors dropped for other charges that were misdemeanors against him.
In this case, Steven Scheffler, who served as the attorney for Petrosh, said his clients was just a “misdirected tourist with some misguided beliefs.”
The lawyer said his client listened to the words that former President Donald Trump was saying on that infamous day, and then headed over to the U.S. Capitol with all the other people.
Petrosh has been steadfast in his support for Trump and his belief that the 2020 presidential election was stolen. That being said, he was very remorseful about his actions at the Capitol that day.
Scheffler even said that Petrosh still has such strong beliefs about the election being stolen that he might never vote again.
Prosecutors in the case had recommended a sentence of 120 days in jail. Scheffler argued that it was “glaringly clear” this recommendation was not in line with recommendations for people who were arrested during confirmation hearings for Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh or during riots in Portland, Oregon.
This comparison to Black Lives Matter protesters during summer 2020 was the second one a lawyer had made in court just last week in cases of defendants for January 6, 2021, events.
In other hearings, McFadden pressed prosecutors on what he was calling disparities in sentencing recommendations. He then handed down a sentence of two months of probation for Jenny Cudd, a florist from Texas, after he found prosecutors used “two different standards” as part of their sentencing recommendation.
That being said, the judge said he believed that Petrosh’s charge was one of the more serious cases among those who were levied misdemeanor charges. The judge said his actions were very disrespectful to the U.S., and because of the brazenness of it, it warranted him spending some time in jail.
Petrosh was being accused of not just stealing the microphones, but also yelling “Give us Nancy Pelosi!” to officers, while also smoking in the Capitol Rotunda.
The judge didn’t agree with the sentencing recommendation that prosecutors had made. So, he levied the 10-day jail sentence along with a fine of $1,000 and restitution of $938.
Petrosh was also ordered to turn over the two microphones he stole back to the government.
The probation office had said they were worried that the microphones could end up being re-sold online for a good amount, based on the fact that they were connected with the incidents of January 6.