A man who calls himself a supporter of QAnon has been sentenced to three years and eight months in prison for attacking police officers during the storming of Congress last year.
Nicholas Languerand called himself a patriot, but the judge made it clear that those who attacked the congress did not deserve the designation.
“The Patriots were the cops who defended the Congress building and our democratic values,” Judge John Bates said before giving the defendant one of the longest sentences so far for the attack.
Languerand attacked police several times at the congress by throwing planks and a loudspeaker at them. He later boasted about the actions on social media.
Several thousand people who were loyal to then-President Donald Trump took part in the storming of Congress to prevent Joe Biden from being approved as the winner of the election and thus the next president of the United States.
Prosecutors have linked a number of those charged with the storm to QAnon, a conspiracy theory based on Donald Trump waging a secret war against satanic and child-eating enemies in the deep state – Democrats and the Hollywood elite.
They also believe that Trump will arrange mass arrests, military tribunals and executions of enemies.
QAnon has been linked to a number of crimes, and the FBI believes that QAnon extremists have become a domestic terrorist threat.
More than 730 people have so far been charged with federal offenses in connection with the storming of Congress on January 6 last year, and at least 200 have so far pleaded guilty and received sentences of up to six months.
Languerand is the fourth person convicted of assaulting police. The others have been sentenced to between 41 and 63 months in prison.