WASHINGTON D.C (KRDO) -- A man from Peyton, Colorado has been sentenced to more than two years in prison for his actions on Jan. 6, 2021, at the U.S. Capitol.
49-year-old Thomas Hamner was sentenced this week in the District of Columbia to 30 months for his actions during the breach of the Capitol. The U.S. District Attorney's Office for the District of Columbia said his actions "disrupted a joint session of the U.S. Congress convened to ascertain and count the electoral votes related to the presidential election."
According to court documents, Hamner illegally entered the West Lawn of the U.S. Capitol, which was barricaded with fencing. Upon seeing rioters break through the police line, he hopped over the barricades and began pulling them down. A short time later, Hamner engaged in a tug-of-war with a Capitol Police officer and an officer from the Metropolitan Police Department over a bike rack that was being used as a barricade. Additionally, at approximately 1:40 p.m., Hamner joined others in the mob in pushing a large metal sign into the defensive line formed by law enforcement officers.
Hamner was arrested on Nov. 9, 2021, in Colorado Springs. He later was indicted on a total of six charges, including five felonies. He pleaded guilty on May 17, 2022, to one of the felony charges, which was interfering with law enforcement officers during a civil disorder. He has pleaded not guilty to the remaining five charges and is awaiting further court proceedings on those charges.
Following his prison term for the one guilty plea, Hamner will be placed on three years of supervised release and must pay $2,000 in restitution.
According to the U.S. District Attorney's Office, more than 870 individuals have been arrested in nearly all 50 states for crimes related to the breach of the U.S. Capitol, including over 265 individuals charged with assaulting or impeding law enforcement. The investigation remains ongoing.
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