Timothy Louis Hale-Cusanelli, a former U.S. Army reservist from New Jersey and reported “white supremacist,” has been sentenced to four years in prison for his actions in the January 6, 2021, unrest at the Capitol.
According to a Justice Department (DOJ) press release, Hale-Cusanelli was sentenced to 48 months in prison for a felony charge of obstructing an official proceeding, along with four related misdemeanors.
The four misdemeanors covered Hale-Cusanelli entering and remaining in a restricted building or grounds, disorderly or disruptive conduct inside the building, disorderly conduct in a Capitol building, and then “parading, demonstrating, or picketing” in a Capitol building.
Citing court documents, Hale-Cusanelli was a former Navy contractor who worked at a naval weapons station and had a “secret” security clearance.
According to the DOJ, Hale-Cusanelli’s timeline went as follows:
- Hale-Cusanelli came to Washington, D.C., on January 6, 2021.
- He subsequently joined up with a group that got through a police line trying to secure the Capitol grounds.
- Hale-Cusanelli told the other rallygoers to “advance” on the Capitol, and then continued to order the same command after going inside the building.
Once inside the Capitol, Hale-Cusanelli made “harassing and derogatory” statements toward the Capitol Police officers, reportedly telling officials that a “revolution was coming,” according to the release.
Hale-Cusanelli then stayed inside the building for about 40 minutes, according to the DOJ report.
Also, per the DOJ document, Hale-Cusanelli allegedly told friends a few days later he was hoping for a civil war and that the “tree of liberty must be refreshed with the blood of patriots and tyrants.”
Hale-Cusanelli was arrested on January 15, 2021. Four months later, he was found guilty on the above charges.
During his sentencing, the court found that Hale-Cusanelli committed additional obstruction-of-justice violations after going under oath, and then raised his jail time.
Hale-Cusanelli will be placed on three years of supervised release after completing his prison sentence. He must also pay a $2,000 fine.
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