Feds seek 8-year prison sentence for officer who stormed Capitol

WASHINGTON DC (AP) — Federal prosecutors are recommending an eight-year prison sentence for an off-duty Virginia police officer who was found guilty by a jury of storming the U.S. Capitol.

In a filing Thursday, prosecutors said the former Rocky Mount Police Sgt. Thomas Robertson used his law enforcement training to block police officers trying to protect the Capitol from being attacked by a mob on January 6, 2021.

U.S. District Judge Christopher Cooper is due to sentence Robertson next Thursday.

An eight-year prison sentence would be the longest among hundreds of Capitol riot cases. The longest to date is seven years and three months.

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