Recommended home confinement for a New Hampshire man in the siege of the US Capitol
CONCORD, New Hampshire (Associated Press) – Federal prosecutors have recommended that a New Hampshire man arrested in connection with the January 6 siege of the US Capitol should be sentenced to a month’s home prison and 60 hours of community service.
Thomas Gallagher, 62, of Bridgewater, pleaded guilty in July to a misdemeanor charge of a display, demonstration or sit-in at the US Capitol. Valley News reported as part of the plea deal, prosecutors dropped three other charges, including staying in a restricted building; disorderly behavior in a restricted building; and disorderly behavior in the US Capitol.
Gallagher faces a sentencing on October 13. According to sentencing notes filed Tuesday in US District Court in Washington, D.C., prosecutors noted that he had no criminal record and appeared to have prevented another person from throwing a chair into the building.
According to the documents, Gallagher says he felt “extremely ashamed and anxious” to enter the Capitol and is offering to pay $500 in compensation. He also said he had no links to far-right groups and started watching a lot of conservative news media during the 2020 presidential election.
Prosecutors said Gallagher’s behavior was “on the lower end of the criminality spectrum” that day.