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Published on July 10, 2024
Jan. 6 Capitol Rioters Get the Hammer as Trio Sentenced to Prison for Unleashing Chaos in WashingtonSource: Library of Congress

On July 9, 2024, three men were handed down sentences by a U.S. District Judge for their participation in the Jan. 6, 2021, assault on the Capitol, an event that has since shadowed American political discourse. According to a Department of Justice press release, the three individuals, Alan Michael St. Onge, Kyle Kumer, and William "Jessie" Stover, were implicated in actions that directly contributed to the disruption of a critical democratic process—an event that has since prompted charges against more than 1,470 individuals.

St. Onge, of Brevard, North Carolina, received an 18-month sentence to be followed by 36 months of supervised release, and he was also ordered to pay $2,000 in restitution. Kumar, from Kansas City, Missouri, was sentenced to 10 months imprisonment with 24 months of supervised release, and likewise was mandated to pay a sum of $2,000. Stover, hailing from Elizabethtown, Kentucky, was given a six-month prison term, alongside 36 months of supervised release, and ordered to pay restitution of $2,000. Their convictions came after guilty pleas to felony charges connected widely to their roles in violently confronting law enforcement tasked with the defense of the Capitol.

The court documented that on the day of the breach, at around 2:42 p.m., a mob assaulted law enforcement officers at the Capitol's Lower West Terrace Tunnel. Throughout this confrontation, officers from the U.S. Capitol Police (USCP) and Metropolitan Police Department (MPD) faced over two hours of volatile aggression, which included being struck with objects, sprayed with chemicals, and having equipment stolen. The DOJ's report specifically outlines the behavior of St. Onge, who was seen on surveillance footage actively pushing into the police line, Kumer, who encouraged the crowd to push against officers, and Stover, who not only pushed against police but also struck an officer's helmet and handed a riot shield to another rioter who used it to attack the police.

Following their arrests in 2023, the men have now been sentenced by Judge Carl J. Nichols. The prosecutions were carried out by the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Columbia and the Department of Justice National Security Division's Counterterrorism Section. Valuable assistance was "provided by the U.S. Capitol Police and the Metropolitan Police Department," as mentioned in the DOJ's release. These arrests form a part of a sprawling investigation that remains ongoing, an effort that has been described as one of the most extensive in American history, consisting of interviews, examination of video footage, and collaboration across various law enforcement agencies.

The July 9th sentencing inputs further punctuation on the protracted process of reckoning with the Jan. 6 insurrection. The DOJ has underscored the gravity of the offenses, noting that more than 530 individuals have faced charges for assaulting or impeding law enforcement, a classification that extends to the serious and felonious.