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New York Resident Received Sentence for Involvement in Jan 6 Capitol Riots

New York Resident Received Sentence for Involvement in Jan 6 Capitol Riots

A man from Schenectady received his sentence on Friday for his involvement in the events at the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6, 2021.

Brandon Craig Fellows, 29, from Schenectady, New York, received a 37-month prison sentence from U.S. District Judge Trevor N. McFadden, along with an extra five months for a contempt of court charge. Altogether, Fellows received a 42-month sentence.

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Court documents reveal that on January 6, 2021, Fellows went to the Ellipse near the National Mall in Washington, D.C., to participate in the “Stop the Steal” rally and hear the former President’s speech. Following the rally, Fellows proceeded with a sizable group towards the Capitol building. Fellows arrived at the Capitol from the western side and proceeded to the Upper West Terrace.

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Individuals breached the Capitol building through a shattered window around 2:52 p.m. and marched through the Senate Wing Door while carrying a “Trump 2020” flag. Once he got in, Fellows climbed on top of the damaged furniture and started waving the flag. After a quick stop in a congressional conference room, Fellows proceeded to the private office of a U.S. Senator from Oregon.

While in the office, Fellows casually sat in a chair, propped his feet up on a conference table, and smoked marijuana. During a live stream, a rioter inquired of Fellows, “What is your message?” Fellows responded, “Oh boy, we were really upset.” “We snatched it away from these police officers,” followed by a burst of laughter.

After departing the Senator’s office, Fellows joined fellow rioters in the Crypt, strolling around the room before leaving the same way he entered. While leaving, Fellows taunted two U.S. Capitol Police Officers. Upon leaving the building, Fellows quickly spoke to a news network for an interview being conducted from the Upper West Terrace.

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During the interview, he appeared enthusiastic and lively, recounting the activities of fellow rioters as “breaking in” and mentioning his marijuana consumption inside a Senate office, saying, “There’s just a whole bunch of people lighting up in some Oregon room.” Afterward, Fellows hopped onto a U.S. Capitol Police motorcycle that was stationed on the Upper West Terrace.

Fellows was taken into custody on January 16, 2021, in New York by the FBI.

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