Feb 25, 2022 - Politics & Policy

Capitol rioter who led mob to Speaker's Lobby sentenced to prison

Protesters attempt to enter the U.S. Capitol Building on January 06, 2021 in Washington, DC.
Protesters attempt to enter the U.S. Capitol Building on Jan. 6. Photo: Tasos Katopodis/Getty Images

A U.S. Capitol rioter was sentenced to 75 days in prison on Thursday for directing a mob toward the Speaker's Lobby on Jan. 6, 2021.

Driving the news: Jeffrey Register, 39, of Jacksonville, Florida, was also fined $500 following his guilty plea last October to parading, demonstrating and picketing in a Capitol building, per a Justice Department statement.

A photo of Capitol rioter Jeffrey Register wearing a "God, Guns & Trump" sweatshirt in the U.S. Capitol building.
Jeffrey Register wearing a "God, Guns & Trump" sweatshirt in the U.S. Capitol building on Jan. 6, 2021. Photo via FBI

The big picture: Register had been in the Capitol building for about half an hour when he gestured toward a group of other rioters to come toward him.

  • "Minutes later, and with Register as a witness, Ashli Babbitt was killed while attempting to breach that hastily barricaded entrance," per a sentencing memo.
  • Babbitt, an Air Force veteran from California, was fatally shot by a Capitol Police officer as she attempted to force her way through a broken window into the Speaker's Lobby. The officer was later cleared of any wrongdoing over her death following an internal investigation.

By the numbers: "More than 750 defendants have been arrested in nearly all 50 states and the District of Columbia" in relation to the insurrection, per the Justice Department.

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