Former Army Reservist To Serve 4 Years For Jan. 6 Incident

Former U.S. Army reservist Timothy Louis Hale-Cusanelli, has been sentenced to four years in prison in connection to his actions at the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6, 2021.

The Justice Department (DOJ) released a statement saying that Hale-Cusanelli received a sentence of 48 months in prison on a felony charge of obstructing an official proceeding. He was also sentenced on four misdemeanors related to that day’s events.

The misdemeanors involve the defendant from New Jersey entering and staying in a restricted building or grounds, disorderly conduct, disorderly conduct in a Capitol building, and parading, demonstrating, or picketing in a Capitol building.

At the time of the incident, Hale-Cusanelli served in the U.S. Army Reserves. He worked as a contractor at a naval weapons station, and the DOJ said he had “secret” security clearance.

He has reportedly since been barred from the facility.

According to the DOJ report, Hale-Cusanelli arrived in Washington, D.C., on Jan. 6, 2021. Authorities say he then became part of a group that went through a line of police officers attempting to secure the Capitol.

Prosecutors accused Hale-Cusanelli of loudly telling others in the group to “advance” on the Capitol and repeated the same command after breaching the building. The DOJ said he used “tactical hand signals and commands” as he and others entered the building.

The former military reservist was arrested on Jan. 15, 2021.

The DOJ said that Hale-Cusanelli cited a historical quote that says that the “tree of liberty must be refreshed with the blood of patriots and tyrants.”

While being sentenced, Hale-Cusanelli was found to have committed obstruction of justice after going under oath. This led to more jail time.

The DOJ said the cases against Jan. 6 defendants remains ongoing and over 870 individuals have been arrested for crimes allegedly committed. The agency said over 265 individuals have been charged with assaulting or impeding law enforcement.