An Air Force veteran was sentenced to 45 days in prison for participating in the January 6 riot

Derek Yankart is the first military convict to be sentenced to prison.

An Air Force veteran who pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor for joining January 6 rebellion At the US Capitol, he was sentenced Wednesday to 45 days in prison — in the first misdemeanor suit leading to imprisonment for a Jan. 6 rioter who was not in custody prior to sentencing.

Derek Yankart, who was among the members Pro-Trump mob who entered the Capitol and into the conference room of Speaker Nancy Pelosi, has pleaded guilty to disorderly conduct. He was not accused of participating in any violence during the riots.

The Justice Department had requested that he be sentenced to four months in prison, which is more than it had requested for other lower-level misdemeanor defendants. Prosecutors pointed to Jankart’s previous service in the army, saying that he “swore an oath to defend the country, and instead participated in an attack on democracy itself”.

Yankart and his attorney responded by asking Judge James Boasberg to sentence him instead to probation.

At Wednesday’s hearing, Jancart apologized to the court for his actions at the Capitol, saying he “didn’t go there to harm anyone.”

“I am stuck at this moment… I wish I had realized it later. I love this country and am ashamed of my actions,” Jankart told the court.

The George Washington University Project on Extremism says that 71 of the more than 600 people charged so far in connection with the Capitol attack have claimed to have military experience. Jankart is the first accused on January 6th to be sentenced to military service for joining the rebellion.

Erik Rao, the defendant in the Jankart case, was also sentenced to 45 days in prison.

Rao cried while addressing the court, saying his involvement in the January 6 attack affected his family.

“I am sorry first of all that you have to spend your morning dealing with me,” Rao said. He told the court there was “no excuse” for his actions during the uprising.

So far, more than 80 rioters have pleaded guilty to the charges, based on an ABC News tally. Of the other seven defendants who were sentenced after pleading guilty to misdemeanor offenses, none were sentenced to serve time in prison, with the exception of two who were sentenced to time served after being sentenced to remand.

In recent hearings, several judges have expressed concern that the Department of Justice is not seeking to impose severe enough penalties on some of the defendants in connection with the attack.

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