Prosecutors are asking a judge to sentence Timothy Hale-Cusanelli, the New Jersey man with alleged Nazi sympathies who stormed the U.S. Capitol on January 6, 2021, to 78 months in prison.
Hale-Cusanelli, an Army contractor with security clearance who worked at Naval Weapons Station Earle, was found guilty in May on all 5 counts related to his participation in the January 6th riots.
In addition to the 6.5 year sentence, prosecutors are requesting three years of
supervised release, $2,000 in restitution, a fine, and the mandatory $100 special assessment for each count of conviction, an usually high sentence considering the fact that he was not accused of assaulting a police officer.
Hale-Cusanelli was originally supposed to be sentenced today but that has now been delayed.
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 remains in jail as he is considered a threat to local Jewish communities.