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Photo: Evelyn Hockstein/for the Washington Post via Getty Images

A former mixed martial arts fighter was sentenced to 41 months in prison Wednesday after pleading guilty to assaulting a police officer, a felony charge stemming from his participation in the Jan. 6 Capitol riot.

Why it matters: Scott Fairlamb, 44, is the first Jan. 6 rioter to be ordered to serve years behind bars. The sentence could set a benchmark for other cases that prosecutors have brought against people involved in the attack.

What they're saying: Ahead of the sentence, Judge Royce Lamberth told Fairlamb, of New Jersey, that pleading guilty was the right decision, adding that "had you gone to trial, I don't think there's any jury that could have acquitted you," per CNN.

  • "It is clear that Mr. Fairlamb is not a danger to the community," Fairlamb’s lawyer wrote in a sentencing memo.
  • "He is sincerely remorseful and will never repeat the crimes to which he pled guilty," he added.
  • "Mr. Fairlamb has a family ready to provide strong support for his return as a law-abiding and productive member of society."

The backdrop: Prosecutors had sought 44 months in prison for Fairlamb, who shoved a police officer and punched his face shield. Federal sentencing guidelines for similar offenses suggest between 41 and 51 months in prison.

  • Fairlamb had a criminal record before the insurrection attempt, which included two past convictions for violent assaults, according to the sentencing memorandum.

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Prosecutors seek 51-month sentence for "QAnon Shaman" Jacob Chansley

Jacob Chansley, known as the "QAnon Shaman," at the Capitol on Jan. 6. Photo: Brent Stirton/Getty Images

The Department of Justice asked a federal court Tuesday to sentence Jacob Chansley, known as the "QAnon Shaman," to more than four years in prison for obstruction of an official proceeding during the Jan. 6 Capitol riots.

Details: Prosecutors also asked that Chansley, who pleaded guilty to the charge in September, should spend three years under supervised release after his prison sentence and pay $2,000 in restitution, according to a sentencing memorandum.

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IV drips — the kind you might get if you're rushed to the hospital — are trending as a spa treatment, thanks in part to endorsements by celebrities like Kim Kardashian and Madonna.

Why it matters: Like other "wellness" trends with a whiff of medical imprimatur, IV nutrient drips can be harmless or mildly restorative — or go awry, particularly in the wrong hands.

U.S. sounds alarm on Ukraine

Conscripts line up at a Russian railway station yesterday before departing for Army service. Photo: Sergei Malgavko/TASS via Getty Images

The Biden administration is "deeply concerned" by new intelligence — detailed for Axios and other outlets — showing Russia stepping up preparations to invade Ukraine as soon as early 2022.

Why it matters: Most of this was known from public sources and satellite imagery, but the administration is sending a stronger signal by releasing specific details from the intelligence community.