First Capitol Rioter to Take His Case to Trial – Found Guilty of All Charges

Hundreds of people have been charged for their role in the Jan. 6 riot at the Capitol. So far, Guy Reffitt, a 49-year-old from Wylie, Texas, is the only defendant to actually take his case to trial.

It didn’t go so well. The trial began last week and a jury returned a verdict on Tuesday morning, finding Reffitt guilty on all five charges stemming from his role in the insurrection.

The verdict was not surprising. The prosecution was sitting on a mound of evidence against Reffitt, who attempted to break into the Capitol with a gun and zip ties but never actually made it into the building.

Reffitt recorded videos before the riot in which he lays out his plans. “I’m taking the Capitol with everyone else,” he says in one of them. “I think we have the numbers to make it happen.”

Reffitt also bragged to a group of Three Percenters, a far-right militia to which he belongs, in a post-riot Zoom call that he fired up the crowd as it stormed the Capitol. Additional video shows Reffitt using a megaphone to rally other rioters up the steps of the Capitol.

I don’t know how often it happens. Probably not often enough. But, Reffitt’s politics moved so dramatically to the Fascist-side of Right, that even his son who considers himself a traditional American conservative…testified against him.

One thought on “First Capitol Rioter to Take His Case to Trial – Found Guilty of All Charges

  1. Elmer says:

    Cowboys for Trump founder Couy Griffin guilty of misdemeanor trespassing in second Jan. 6 trial [He’s the second person charged in connection with the Capitol attack to stand trial]
    The elected N.M. county commissioner and pro-Trump grass-roots group leader was convicted at bench trial by a Trump-appointed judge. He was acquitted of a second count of disorderly conduct.
    The Government Was Forced To Reveal Mike Pence’s Jan. 6 Location During The “Cowboys For Trump” Leader’s Trial : The trial featured the first official confirmation of where former president vice president Mike Pence went during the Capitol attack.
    Cowboys for Trump co-founder Couy Griffin said Tuesday that he won’t run for reelection on the Otero County commission in southern New Mexico or seek other public office in the 2022 election cycle [because he’s lost faith in the political system as an avenue for change]
    Cowboys for Trump founder defends ‘go back to Africa’ comments
    Cowboys for Trump founder Couy Griffin: ‘The only good Democrat is a dead Democrat’
    Cowboys for Trump co-founder charged with campaign violation : A New Mexico elected official is facing a misdemeanor charge for refusing to register the political group Cowboys for Trump
    Griffin also stands at the center of a yearslong legal battle with state election regulators about Cowboys for Trump and whether it must register as a political organization.
    In January, he voted with the commission to hire a private contractor to review the 2020 presidential election in Otero County that’s led to an ongoing House Oversight Committee investigation into the election audit.

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