BREAKING: New Jersey Man And Nazi Sympathizer Sentenced To 4 Years in Prison For His Role In The January 6th Riot

U.S. District Judge Trevor McFadden has sentenced Timothy Hale-Cusanelli, the New Jersey man with alleged Nazi sympathies, to four years in prison for his role in the January 6th riot at the U.S. Capitol.

Hale-Cusanelli is a former Army reservist who worked as a security guard at the Navy Weapons Station Earle in Monmouth County, where he held a “security” security clearance. He was found guilty on all counts during his trial in May.

In a government sentencing memo filed last week, federal prosecutors asked for a 78 month prison sentence, an unusually high request compared to other January 6th related sentencings.

Prosecutors referring to Hale-Cusanelli’s “enthusiasm for civil war and his well-documented history of violent rhetoric” and argued that significant prison time is warranted because of his background and his false statements on the stand.

“A student of history and government who had previously explained the intricacies of Presidential election procedure to his friends, Hale-Cusanelli falsely testified at trial that he did not know that: (a) ‘Congress’ sat in the Capitol building; (b) the Electoral College Certification Proceeding was taking place in the building; and (c) when he entered the Capitol, members of Congress were still there, having fled and hidden from the mob,” they wrote. “Hale-Cusanelli lied on the stand.”

At today’s sentencing hearing, Judge McFadden denied the Department of Justice’s request for an 8-level enhancement for obstructing administration of justice, explaining that the sentencing commission likely would have included “official proceedings” in the sentencing guidelines if they had foreseen circumstances similar to what occurred on January 6th, but they didn’t.

Judge McFadden also ordered Hale-Cusanelli to 36 months of supervised release following his release from prison, and to pay $2,000 in restitution.

During his trial, Hale-Cusanelli made headlines after he claimed that he didn’t know there was an actual building that was called the ‘Capitol.’

“I know this sounds idiotic, but I’m from New Jersey,” Timothy Hale-Cusanelli, a Colts Neck resident, told jurors on Thursday. “In all my studies, I didn’t know there was an actual building that was called the ‘Capitol.’ It’s embarrassing and idiotic.”

In the criminal complaint filed against Hale-Cusanelli last year, prosecutors said that he bragged to an informant about his participation in the riot, and additionally took video of himself inside the building. The complaint states that Hale-Cusanelli is an “avowed white supremacist and Nazi sympathizer who posts video opinion statements on YouTube proffering extreme political opinions and viewpoints.”

According to reports, one former colleague of Hale-Cusanelli told investigators he recalled the suspect telling him that if he was a Nazi “he would kill all the Jews and eat them for breakfast.”

While most of Hale-Cusanelli’s videos have been removed from major platforms, TLS staff viewed a video posted by the individual in April of this year in which he rails against and spews anti-Semitic conspiracy theories and statements against Lakewood’s Orthodox Jews.

The contents of the video, being vile and repugnant, will not be shared on this platform.

Sources have also told TLS that Hale-Cusanelli was a regular poster on Jackson Strong and Rise Up Ocean County, both anti-Semitic groups, with RUOC having been targeted by Governor Phil Murphy and former Attorney General Gurbir Grewal for the hate spewed by its members. TLS has not yet been able to independently verify this claim.

Hale-Cusanelli wills serve his sentence at the low-security federal prison at Fort Dix.

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