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Jan. 6 Capitol Riot Offender Sentenced 11 Years in Federal Prison

Jan. 6 Capitol Riot Offender Sentenced 11 Years in Federal Prison

Alan Hostetter, a well-known activist and critic of COVID-19 restrictions and former chief of the La Habra Police Department, was sentenced to more than 11 years in federal prison on Thursday in Washington, D.C., for his involvement in the Jan. 6, 2021, uprising at the U.S. Capitol.

The 59-year-old Yoga instructor recently moved to Poolville, Texas. He used to live in San Clemente when charges were pressed on him.

A non-jury bench convicted him in July. The presiding judge was the US. District Judge Royce C. Lamberth, ruled him guilty of several offenses.

Hostetter was pronounced guilty of conspiracy to obstruct an official proceeding, obstruction of an official proceeding, entering and remaining in a restricted building or grounds with a deadly or dangerous weapon and disorderly and disruptive conduct in a restricted building or grounds with a deadly or dangerous weapon.

Hostetter is sentenced to 135 months in federal prison and 36 months of supervised release.

In the same case, 4 other men are convicted and all of them are waiting for their final hearing in which they will be given sentence order.

These men are- Erik Scott Warner, 47, of Menifee; Felipe Antonio “Tony” Martinez, 49, of Lake Elsinore; Derek Kinnison, 42, of Lake Elsinore, and Ronald Mele, 53, of Temecula.

Hostetter took a disability retirement in 2010. He worked as LA Habra Police Chief from 2009 until his retirement.

These men are accused of making a plan to halt the Congress proceedings on January 6. They planned to halt the certification of the Electoral College Vote after President Joe Biden’s election. They made plans and were in touch with each other via Telegram, an encrypted messaging app.

The prosecutors demanded a strict punishment “to reflect the gravity of Hostetter’s conspiratorial conduct, including his planning and preparations with Russell Taylor for the attack on the U.S. Capitol on  Jan. 6th — an attack that was clearly calculated to influence and affect the conduct of the United States government and to disrupt the peaceful transfer of power.”

The Federal Prosecutors demanded 151 months of federal prison along with $2000 in restitution.

Prosecutors highlighted that on January 6, 2021, Hostetter traveled across the nation to attend Trump’s rally while traveling with a car full of weapons that were not allowed as carry-on luggage. According to the prosecutors, the defendant also desired to be ready for a possible armed uprising in the country’s capital.

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