Feb 9, 2023 - Politics & Policy

Jan. 6 rioter who carried Confederate flag sentenced to 36 months in prison

A supporter of US President Donald Trump holds a Confederate flag

Kevin Seefried holds a Confederate flag in the U.S. Capitol during the Jan. 6 Capitol riot. Photo: Saul Loeb/AFP via Getty Images

A Delaware man who carried the Confederate flag through the halls of the U.S. Capitol during the Jan. 6 riot was sentenced on Thursday to 36 months in prison, per multiple reports.

Driving the news: Kevin Seefried, 53, was convicted in June 2022 on five charges for his participation in the Capitol riot, including obstructing lawmakers, which carries a maximum sentence of 20 years.

What they're saying: U.S. District Judge Trevor McFadden criticized Seefried on Thursday for bringing the flag into the Capitol, per AP.

  • “Bringing a Confederate flag into one of our nation’s most sacred halls was outrageous,” McFadden said at the sentencing hearing.
  • Seefried apologized for his actions, saying "I never wanted to send a message of hate," per AP.

The big picture: Prosecutors and law enforcement officials allege that both Seefried and his son, Hunter Seefried, 24, were among the first 15 rioters to breach the Capitol during the riot.

  • Both were accused of joining the mob who chased a Capitol Police officer, Eugene Goodman, in the building. Kevin Seefried allegedly shouted during the riot, "Where are the members at? Where are they counting the votes?"
  • Hunter Seefried was sentenced to two years in prison last October.

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