The prosecution performed a number of movies that highlighted Scavo’s function on the occasion to indicate he was conscious of the “bedlam” occurring as he chanted, recorded video and spoke with different crowd members. Whereas within the constructing, he took a video of himself saying, “That is top-secret shit. We’re within the Capitol. Stormed the fucking Capitol of the fucking United States at 58 years previous,” in line with filings within the case.
Scavo got here ahead quickly after Jan. 6 and cooperated with the FBI, turning over footage and statements. Scavo’s protection argued that he “incriminated himself” by working with the federal government and accepting accountability for his actions. In addition they requested for dwelling confinement on account of “severe well being circumstances.”
Lamberth mentioned he credited Scavo for his early plea, lack of violence on Jan. 6 and for studying a letter earlier than his sentencing, restating his remorse and willingness to make amends.
Nonetheless, Lamberth mentioned he needed to acknowledge that by way of Scavo’s and different rioters’ actions, the occasion “introduced the federal government to a screeching halt that day. The consequence to the nation … must be weighed within the stability.”
Lamberth’s sentence — which features a $5,000 effective, the utmost quantity attainable — is the newest in a handful of instances by which a choose opted to ship a harsher sentence than prosecutors requested. Choose Tanya Chutkan just lately exceeded the Justice Division’s suggestions in two misdemeanor sentencings as properly, saying the assaults represented an affront to American democracy.
The choose additionally mentioned he took challenge with the letter Scavo learn earlier than the sentencing, by which the defendant described the way in which he entered the constructing. Lamberth mentioned Scavo “was mendacity at that first listening to to me.”
“Your little memo the opposite day triggered nice issues for me,” he continued. “He was cautious in what he mentioned right this moment however that may be a drawback. How he stood there on these steps not realizing and turning round and leaving then continues to be an issue.”
Lamberth’s concern that Scavo was downplaying his conduct could also be rooted in his expertise in one other Jan. 6 case: the sentencing of Anna Morgan-Lloyd. Morgan-Lloyd was one of many first rioters sentenced, and Lamberth agreed to a probation-only punishment, accepting her contrition as real. However Morgan-Lloyd later went on Fox Information for an interview with host Laura Ingraham and appeared to bolster false claims that the breach of the Capitol was nonviolent.
Lamberth didn’t broaden on his reasoning for the sentence as a lot as he has in earlier instances, however he made it clear that he was settled on his choice.
“As I mentioned, Mr. Scavo, from the purpose the jig was up, you’ve carried out every little thing you’ve mentioned,” Lamberth mentioned. “Good luck to you.”