Guy Reffitt, a Texas man accused of bringing a semiautomatic pistol to the January 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol, interfering with police, and telling his children that “traitors get shot” when they suggested they wanted to turn him into authorities, was found guilty on all charges on Tuesday, as the jury took less than four hours to deliberate.
Via Twitter:Reffitt is the first of the January 6 rioters to go to trial and he now faces a maximum of 60 years in prison at his June 8 sentencing. Jackson Reffitt, Guy’s 19-year-old son, took the stand as a witness last week, admitting that he had secretlyGoogled the FBI tip line concerned about what his father may have done on January 6, 2021 at the US Capitol Building.
Reffitt told the court that his father belongs to the far-right extremist group Three Percenters militia and “pretty much all the time” has a loaded Smith & Wesson gun on his person.
Prosecutors also played recordings of Guy Reffitt in court that Jackson said he had recorded after Guy had returned from the DC riot. In one recording, Guy said ”I had a very epic point in my life. I felt so patriotic,” to which Jackson replied “You carried a weapon onto Capitol grounds.” “OK,” Guy responded, then adding, “I did it. I did bring a weapon on property that we own.”
Guy Reffitt’s lawyer argued that Jackson Reffitt’s testimony against his client is part of a case that is “a lot of hype” and that Guy uses “a lot of hyperbole.”
Guy Reffitt could spend as many as 60 years in prison if convicted. The younger Reffit ended his testimony by saying “I don’t regret it, but it’s a lot. I don’t have the words to really describe it. I think it’s the best-case scenario.”