Jonatakis seven years and three months in prison: Directed the attack of the rebellious pro-Trump crowd on the guards of the Congress

Federal Judge Royce Lambert said during his sentencing that Jonatakis was immortalized on video as the leader of the attack on the Capitol after Donald Trump refused to concede defeat to Joseph Biden in the 2020 presidential election.

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Detail in front of the US Congress building on January 6, 2021 in Washington, Photo: Shutterstock
Detail in front of the US Congress building on January 6, 2021 in Washington, Photo: Shutterstock
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Taylor James Jonatakis - a 40-year-old plumber from the US state of Washington, who with the help of a megaphone directed the attack of the rebellious pro-Trump crowd on the police guards of the United States of America (USA) Congress building on January 6, 2021 in Washington, was sentenced today to seven years and three months in prison. Federal Judge Royce Lambert said during his sentencing that Jonatakis was immortalized on video as the leader of the attack on the Capitol after Donald Trump refused to concede defeat to Joseph Biden in the 2020 presidential election.

According to the judge, Jonatakis led the onslaught of protesters on the police cordon, "shouting commands" through a megaphone and issuing detailed instructions to the crowd on how to overpower the police.

"In any angry mob there are leaders and there are followers. Mr Jonatakis was the leader. He knew exactly what he was doing that day," Judge Lambert said before handing down the prison sentence.

Jonatakis represented himself in court and often used anti-government rhetoric and interrupted the judge while pronouncing his sentence, which the judge described as "trumpeting".

The prosecution demanded that Jonatakis be sentenced to nine years in prison for leading, organizing and inciting protesters to attack police officers guarding the Capitol - the building of the US Congress. A jury found him guilty last year.

Jonatakis came with a megaphone to the protest rally "Let's stop the theft" where there were supporters of the then President Trump. He announced to the crowd: "It's over! Michael Pence (Vice President of the USA) has voted against the president. We only have the nuclear option left!".

Jonatakis was one of the first protesters to rush the retreating police officers toward the Capitol steps. He shouted to the others and gestured for them to "close up" and prepare for an attack. Then he shouted: "You're charging!", and then he and others threw a metal fence at the cordon of policemen, while he grabbed one by the arm.

After the conflict, when the crowd broke into the Congress building where the American deputies confirmed that Trump had lost the election, he wrote on social networks: "The crime is over."

He was arrested in 2021, and in November 2023, a jury found him guilty on seven counts, including physical assault, inciting a riot, and disrupting the joint session of both houses of Congress where Joseph Biden's election victory was announced on January 6, 2021.

The Prosecution stated that Jonatakis did not accept responsibility for his actions and that he presented himself as a victim of persecution.

1.350 people were indicted for the attack on the Capitol on January 6, 2021. About 800 were convicted, and two-thirds received prison terms ranging from a few days to 22 years.

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