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Former Coronado resident gets 3-month sentence for capitol offense Jan. 6

Alleged photo of Jeffrey Alexander Smith
The photo allegedly showing Jeffrey Alexander Smith on Capitol Hill, posted to @homegrownterrorists. Courtesy of the FBI

A former Coronado resident and U.S. Army veteran was sentenced to three months in prison on Tuesday for participating in the breach of the U.S. Capitol Building on January 6, 2021.

Jeffrey Alexander Smith, 34, pleaded guilty last year to one count of misdemeanor marching, protesting and picketing a Capitol building for his role in the siege, which included moving a barricade placed in front of closed doors, through which a “mob of rioters” eventually gained access to the Capitol, according to prosecutors.

U.S. District Judge Reggie Walton upheld an interim sentence he imposed last month, which includes two years probation and 200 hours of community service.

During the sentencing hearing, Smith said, “I understand what I did was wrong. I’m willing to pay for it. I know what I did was wrong and I know I have to take my time for it.

According to the prosecution’s sentencing memorandum, Smith and others moved iron benches placed outside closed doors in the Capitol building, but three police officers intervened. Before the officers could move the pews back, another crowd of people began pushing towards the doors, “sandwiching the three officers between the crowd and the doors.”

Smith joined the crowd and when the doors were finally opened, he “thumped victoriously” and then led the rioters to the third level of the Capitol, which houses the galleries of the Senate and House chambers.

Prosecutors say the crowd that entered “included violent members of the Proud Boys and Oath Keepers who were dressed in full combat gear as if going to war.”

After the crowd swarmed inside, Smith joined others in antagonizing a group of police officers who were standing guard “in front of an access point to the Speaker of the House’s office,” according to the memorandum.

At one point, prosecutors said, “Smith told officers to ‘stand down’ and warned them, ‘We’re getting into this one way or another.

A physical altercation quickly ensued between the crowd and officers, which injured at least one officer, although video evidence is unclear as to whether Smith personally participated in this altercation.

Before imposing the sentence, Walton said: “It’s just hard for me to appreciate how someone who’s an American citizen, who’s served in the military, has the mentality that Mr. Smith got into. is engaged.”

In text messages to others, officials say Smith wrote ‘I am a patriot’, ‘I stormed the capital’ and said he was joining the insurgency to send a message indicating that the Americans were not going to “make a fraudulent decision”. elections” and “There’s no way I’m driving 38 hours from San Diego and not passing the (Capitol) building”.

Speaking about the fraudulent election claims, Walton said he hoped things didn’t get to a point “where either side, whether it’s someone who supports any party , thinks that because ‘my side is the best’ and ‘my side lost’, that gives me the right to engage with what happened on January 6th of last year… If a party doesn’t is unwilling to accept the reality of an election, so we’re really heading down a path where we’re going to see our democracy die.

–City News Service, Inc.