Sep 6, 2022 - Politics & Policy

Jan. 6 rioter who called his ex a "moron" sentenced to 9 months in prison

Supporters of US President Donald Trump protest inside the US Capitol on January 6, 2021

Supporters of then-President Trump inside the Capitol on Jan. 6, 2021. Photo: Brent Stirton/Getty Images

Richard Michetti, a Pennsylvania man who breached the Capitol on Jan. 6, was sentenced to nine months in federal prison on Tuesday, per the Department of Justice.

Driving the news: Michetti, who was arrested in February, was turned over to the FBI by a former girlfriend after he called her a "moron" for not believing that the 2020 election was stolen, per a DOJ complaint.

  • "If you can't see the election was stolen you're a moron," he wrote in a text message.
  • Michetti pleaded guilty in May to one felony count of "aiding and abetting obstruction of an official proceeding," per the DOJ.
  • Michetti on Tuesday was also sentenced to 24 months of supervised release and was ordered to pay $2,000 of restitution.

State of play: Prosecutors sought 18 months in federal prison for Michetti, who they say "was an active participant" in the Jan. 6 riot.

  • "Michetti actively participated in the January 6 attack on the Capitol by, among other actions, entering and remaining in the Capitol for 45 minutes and taunting and yelling obscenities at law enforcement, referring to them as 'f---ing animals,'" per the DOJ.
  • Michetti faced a statutory maximum of 20 years in prison and a fine of up to $250,000, per the DOJ.

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