Couy Griffin, founder of the Cowboys for Trump, sentenced for trespassing on January 6

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After being sentenced at trial, many the defendants quietly await their sentencing. Not Couy Griffin, New Mexico County Commissioner and founder of “Cowboys for Trump.”

Shortly after being found guilty by a federal judge in March of trespassing on restricted land on January 6, 2021, he returned to social media and the airwaves to disparage the case against him, insult the judge and claim that the FBI and “Team Pelosi” were responsible for the attack on the Capitol.

“I don’t think justice has been served,” Griffin said of his case in a radio interview earlier this month. According to a court document, he wrote on Twitter that District Judge Trevor McFadden’s “pre written response” announcing the verdict “was pathetic!” I wonder who wrote it?

During Griffin’s sentencing on Friday, McFadden noted the “tension” between Griffin’s professed remorse in the courtroom and his many public statements after his sentencing. But the judge said very few people who did not enter the Capitol on Jan. 6 had been charged and sentenced Griffin to 14 days in jail and a $3,000 fine. Griffin has already served 20 days in prison when he was arrested last year, so he was released on Friday.

After his sentencing, Griffin implored reporters to follow discredited conspiracy theories about the mysterious opening of the Capitol’s gates on Jan. 6, an Arizona man falsely accused of being an FBI mob agitator and the possibility that voting machines in New Mexico could be electronically hacked. He said he would attend an Otero County commission meeting later Friday by phone to refuse to certify a recent election until voting machines are inspected.

Federal prosecutors had pointed out that New Mexico’s secretary of state has called for a criminal investigation into Griffin’s actions in refusing to certify the primary election there. An online fundraiser for Griffin also raised nearly $50,000.

McFadden told Griffin that as an elected state official, he was sworn to uphold the Constitution. “The actions and statements you have made since then are in tension with that oath,” the judge said. Griffin replied afterwards that he felt he was keeping his oath “to make sure our elections are transparent and legal” and that he had traveled to Washington “to stand up and peacefully protest” and represent ” millions of other Americans who feel the same way I do.”

Instead of taking her case to a jury, Griffin chose a trial bed with McFadden, an appointee of former President Donald Trump. Evidence at his trial showed Griffin and his videographer scaled various barricades and barriers, then climbed onto the inauguration stage in front of the Capitol and spent more than an hour speaking through a megaphone to the crowd. surging. He said he was leading the group in prayer.

After his arrest, Griffin was initially held without bail, in part because he said on video that he would return to Washington for Joe Biden’s inauguration and “there is going to be blood flowing from this. building”. He was released 20 days later, in part because he risked waiting longer than the maximum six-month misdemeanor sentence he was facing.

The lawsuit forced prosecutors to reveal the location of Vice President Mike Pence during the riot, over Secret Service objections, to prove Griffin entered a restricted area, although he did not enter the Capitol itself. McFadden acquitted Griffin of disorderly conduct but convicted him of the misdemeanor charge of entering a restricted building or land.

According to a court document, Griffin tweeted after the trial that “the media tried to paint me as the biggest loser of the last two days. The truth is, I was 1 to 1 with the US government. The 1 that I lost, I will appeal. We should have won a Grand Slam on both counts. He also amplified his unfounded claims the riot was a left-wing conspiracy when he tweeted last month asking where “is the investigation into the COORDINATED AND PLANNED JANUARY 6 IMPLEMENTATION!

His indicative sentencing range for the misdemeanor conviction was zero to six months. Prosecutors and the probation and parole department have recommended that he serve 90 days. His attorney, David Smith, requested two months probation.

To his sentencing, Griffin told the judge, “I have immense respect for law enforcement” and “I respect the system.” He said he had been a pastor before enter politics in Otero County. “I lived a life dedicated to the Lord,” Griffin said. “On January 6, my actions were taken because of my faith” and that’s “why I went down to the Capitol on January 6, to go pray with the people”.

Griffin said “there was no signage, nothing to indicate that I was entering a restricted or unauthorized area.” McFadden replied that it was “absurd” and “you knew you shouldn’t be there and you kept doing it.”

“I suspect you were sued because you went to great lengths to publicize your actions. Frankly, I think it’s completely legitimate,” the judge said. He told Griffin, “You are not convicted for your beliefs about voter fraud” and took aim at those making similar nationwide fraud allegations. “They’re as wrong as you are,” McFadden said. “The difference is that they didn’t then decide to storm the Capitol building.”

Separately on Friday, an Indiana man pleaded guilty to carrying a loaded handgun and assaulting officers with a baton stolen from the Capitol’s breach.

Mark Andrew Mazza, 57, of Shelbyville, Ind., faces up to 20 years in prison for assaulting an officer with a dangerous weapon and up to five years for carrying a gun without a license. He is expected to be sentenced on September 30 in Washington.

Mazza is the second person to be convicted of carrying a handgun during the Capitol Riot, with charges pending against a third. Two other defendants pleaded guilty to introducing unregistered firearms into their vehicles.


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