Updated Nov 3, 2023 - Politics & Policy

Trump appointee sentenced to nearly 6 years in prison for Jan. 6 attack

Protesters gather on Jan. 6, 2021, in Washington, DC. Photo: Kent Nishimura/Los Angeles Times via Getty Images

A former Trump-appointed State Department official and his co-defendant were each sentenced Friday to several years in prison for assaulting police during the Jan. 6 riot at the Capitol, according to the Department of Justice.

Driving the news: Federico Klein, who worked in the Bureau of Western Hemisphere Affairs and on Trump's 2016 campaign, was sentenced to 70 months in prison.

  • He was also ordered to 24 months of supervised release and to pay $5,000 in fines and restitution, according to a Justice Department press release.

Zoom out: Klein, 45, was arrested in March 2021, becoming the first member of the Trump administration to be arrested in connection with the Capitol attack.

Background: Klein was convicted in July of eight felony charges, including "assaulting, resisting, or impeding certain officers," per the Department of Justice.

  • Klein was also "convicted of misdemeanor offenses of disorderly conduct in a Capitol building" and for an act of violence at the Capitol, according to the DOJ.

Separately, his co-defendant, Steven Cappuccio, was sentenced later Friday to seven years in prison and 24 months of supervised release. He was ordered to pay $2,000 in restitution.

  • During the riot, Cappuccio, 53, took a police officer's baton and used it to strike the officer in the face, the DOJ said.

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Editor's note: This story has been updated with details about Steven Cappuccio's sentence.

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