A man who testified at a US Congressional hearing on why he participated in the storming the capitol avoided jail when a federal judge sentenced him to two years probation for his involvement in the incident.
Following his televised testimony at a House panel hearing investigating the January 6, 2021 assault, Stephen Ayres he approached a group of Capitol police and apologized.
Likewise apologized to the court and the “American people”before the federal judge John Bates sentence him to probation and 100 hours of community service.
Bates said he thought Ayres had shown genuine remorse and contrition for his conduct, including with his testimony before the investigative panel.
“It was a farce in the history of the United States, an outrageous attack on our democratic values and institutions,” the judge said. “Everyone who participated in that insurrection, I think you can call it that, must be held accountable,” he added.
Ayres said he has lost friends, family and his job after participating in the riots.
“I pray every day for the police dealing with it, the families who lost loved ones,” Ayres said. “I hope one day I can wake up and not have to live with it on a daily basis”
Prosecutors recommended that Ayres be sentenced to 60 days in jail, one year of supervised release and 60 hours of community service. defense attorney, Eugene Ohmasked for a sentence of probation without jail time.
Ayres, 41, pleaded guilty in June to one count of disorderly conduct in a restricted building, a misdemeanor that carries up to a year in prison. He was not charged with committing any act of violence or property damage.
With information from AP.