(CNN)Derrick Evans lone served arsenic a West Virginia authorities legislator for 40 days, but volition walk 90 days successful jailhouse for his relation successful the January 6, 2021, US Capitol riot.
Perhaps 1 of the much salient defendants charged truthful acold successful the Justice Department's sprawling Capitol riot investigation, Evans faced much superior charges than astir different defendants due to the fact that "he was a person successful this riot. He was a person connected the ground, helium was a person connected societal media, and helium was a person successful his state," authoritative Kathryn Fifield said Wednesday successful DC District Court.
Evans resigned from the West Virginia House of Delegates 3 days aft the riot and a time aft his archetypal arrest. He had conscionable taken bureau the erstwhile month. He pleaded blameworthy to a felony civilian upset complaint successful March.
"Mr. Evans held a presumption of nationalist spot astatine the clip of the riot," Fifield told the court, saying that his beingness and promotion of predetermination conspiracies "lent credibility" to the riot.
Evans "played a relation successful escalating things connected the East Side earlier it was breached" by relaying what was happening connected the West Side Terrace, wherever things had already turned violent, to the assemblage gathered connected the East Side, which was inactive comparatively peaceful astatine the time. Prosecutors told the tribunal that this "in part" turned the East Side assemblage violent.
Evans broadcast himself connected Facebook Live done overmuch of the riot and prosecutors played respective portions of the livestream during his sentencing hearing, wherever helium tin beryllium heard shouting, "We're taking this state backmost whether you similar it oregon not" and "We're taking this location I told you. Patriots basal up."
He besides told his livestream assemblage that "You mightiness privation to get bail wealth work for immoderate of the radical who are going to bash this."
Evans deleted the livestream wrong hours of the attack, but it was recovered by a Reddit idiosyncratic and aboriginal instrumentality enforcement.
Wednesday, Evans said helium "accept[ed] afloat work for my actions" and described his information successful the riot arsenic a "momentary lapse successful my judgment." He told the tribunal that "I'm not a convulsive oregon destructive person. I'm a bully idiosyncratic who unluckily got caught up successful the moment."
"My archetypal absorption was to springiness you six months," DC District Judge Royce Lamberth said earlier handing down his sentence, but said, "I don't effort to beryllium tougher than the government." Lamberth past told Evans, "I person to nonstop a message. I don't privation different riot astatine the adjacent predetermination ... truthful I'm going to bash what I tin arsenic a judge."
Lamberth besides sentenced Evans to 3 years of supervised merchandise and $2,000 successful restitution, pursuing the government's recommendation.