A New Jersey gym owner and former MMA fighter who punched a police officer during the January 6 riot was sentenced to 41 months in prison on Wednesday, becoming the first rioter sentenced for violence against the police during the attack.
Scott Fairlamb pleaded guilty to assaulting a police officer and obstructing an official proceeding in August.
“I truly regret my actions that day. I have nothing but remorse,” Fairlamb said in court Wednesday, later adding to the judge: “I just hope you show some mercy on me sir.”
His sentence will likely set an early benchmark for how harshly rioters charged with violence may be punished and ushers in a new phase of the Capitol riot cases, which so far have only had non-violent defendants sentenced largely to no jail time.
Prosecutors sought 44 months in prison for Fairlamb, because of his criminal history, photos he took with an “AREA CLOSED” sign outside the Capitol — which prosecutors said show Fairlamb knew he was not allowed at the building — and messages to a friend that he’d “go again” to the Capitol.
Body camera footage shows Fairlamb following and yelling at officers on January 6, at one point shouting “you have no idea what the f**k you’re doing.” He then shoved and punched the officer in the head, the footage shows.
Prosecutors allege that Fairlamb was one of the first rioters inside the Senate side of the building. Four days after the siege, Fairlamb allegedly tagged Rep. Cori Bush, a Missouri Democrat in an Instagram post and wrote that he “shoulda lit your ass up,” presumably during the attack. The post also contained screenshots of racist and sexist threats against the congresswoman.
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