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47-year old, Anthony Robert Williams, of Southgate, Michigan, was sentenced to 5-years in prison on Friday by a federal judge for his role in the attack on the United States Capitol Building on January 6th. A report from the Associated Press said Williams was also ordered to serve three years of supervised release after his 5-year prison sentence, and he was ordered to pay $2000 in restitution, and another $5000 in fines.
Prosecutors had recommended a sentence of five years and four months for Williams, who was arrested in Detroit in March of 2021. Williams reportedly bragged about his participation in the insurrection on Facebook, calling himself an “Operation Swamp Storm veteran” and calling January 6 the “proudest day of my life.”
Williams also said that it
“felt like the founding fathers were smiling down on us in that room, and I guarantee my dad and gramps, both vets, would be proud.”
Williams’ own words were used as evidence against him at his trial. Prosecutors said, while outside the Capitol, Williams stole water bottles that police intended to use for decontaminating themselves from chemical spray being used on them by the rioters. While inside the Capitol, prosecutors alleged that Williams entered through the Senate Wing doors and joined in with other rioters as they overwhelmed police officers in the Crypt area. Williams then reportedly met up with fellow rioters at the Rotunda, where they smoked Marijuana.
Williams attorneys requested that he be sentenced to no more than 15-months in prison, saying he’d “learned his lesson” and promising the judge that “he will not become involved in something like this ever again”. Chief Judge Beryl Howell disagreed with the attorneys, and sentenced Williams to five years in prison.