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Exclusive: Former Official Jailed for Role in Capitol Riot!

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A cloud of consequence has settled over a former Connecticut city official, Gene DiGiovanni Jr. After pleading guilty to entering the U.S. Capitol during the January 6th, 2021 attack, DiGiovanni has been sentenced to 10 days in jail.

AP Photo/Jose Luis Magana, File

The once-celebratory rally atmosphere DiGiovanni experienced at the “Stop the Steal” event near the White House quickly turned into a mob storming the Capitol. DiGiovanni, a business owner who also served as a local alderman, joined the throng that pushed through the Upper West Terrace door and remained inside for approximately 22 minutes. Prosecutors documented DiGiovanni’s actions, including his celebratory gesture of raising his arm outside the Capitol after leaving.

This act of defiance now carries a weight of accountability. DiGiovanni’s attorney argued for leniency, emphasizing the damage to his reputation and portraying him as a follower, not an insurrectionist. While the judge imposed a lighter sentence than the 30 days requested by prosecutors, 10 days behind bars serves as a stark reminder of the seriousness of the day’s events.

Capitol Riot. Department of Justice via AP

DiGiovanni’s case reflects the ongoing saga of the Capitol riot. Over 1,350 people have faced federal charges, with more than 800 sentenced. The spectrum of punishments – ranging from a few days to over two decades of imprisonment – underscores the varying degrees of culpability within the mob.

For DiGiovanni, this sentence likely brings a mix of emotions – regret for his actions, relief at the resolution, and the looming prospect of jail time. This case stands as a testament to the enduring impact of the Capitol attack, leaving a stain on a once-respected career and a scar on American democracy.

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