Long Island DJ Who Smoked Marijuana During Capitol Riots Sentenced to Over 3 Years in Prison – NBC New York

NEW YORK – A Long Island DJ was sentenced to more than three years in prison for assaulting police officers and other crimes he committed while storming the Capitol on Jan. 6, 2021, prosecutors said.

The Justice Department announced Thursday that Greg Rubenacker, of Farmingdale, was sentenced to 41 months in prison for his role in Capitol Riot.

He pleaded guilty just two days after being arrested on Feb. 9, 2021, to the 10 charges he faced, despite previously telling the court that “you’re both wrong” on charges of violent entry and disorderly conduct. public, telling NBC New York he was not involved in any violence on Capitol Hill.

According to court documents, Rubenacker, 25, was involved in a series of confrontations involving Capitol Police inside the building after he was able to enter the Senate Wing door shortly after 2 p.m. Rubenacker recorded video of himself inside, saying “This is history! We took the Capitol.”

He was also part of a crowd that shouted “where are they counting the votes?” and eventually chased after an officer trying to secure the area, according to court documents. She left the building less than 10 minutes after entering, although she returned about 20 minutes later.

After he was able to re-enter the Capitol through the Rotunda door, Rubenacker appeared to smoke from a vaporizer and a joint. He recorded another video, which he later posted on social media, titled “Smoke out the Capitol, baby.”

He then shows others sitting near him and smoking in the Rotunda. One of the other individuals then says “How many joints do we have?” and he can be seen counting the people smoking around him, including Rubenacker, who is holding his weed up in the air.

When officers tried to remove him and other protesters from the Rotunda, Rubenacker joined others in resisting and waved a plastic bottle at an officer’s head, according to court documents. He also sprayed water from Capitol Police officers who were clashing with other rioters. Officers eventually pepper-sprayed the crowd, including Rubenacker, who left the Capitol around 3:20 p.m.

According to federal documents, several informants provided Snapchat videos to the FBI’s National Threat Operations Center (NOTC) following the violent breach of the US Capitol on January 6. On January 11, according to FBI documents, a witness presented a recording of a Snapchat story that Rubenacker allegedly posted from his account. The witness testified that Rubenacker had sent him multiple Snapchat videos from inside the Capitol building on January 6.

Rubenacker’s attorney information was not available.