At 2 p.m. we have a sentencing hearing for Andrew Ryan Bennett, a Maryland Proud Boy who pleaded guilty in July to one misdemeanor count. The DOJ is asking for him to serve 3 months of home confinement + 3 years of probation.… #CapitolRiot @wusa9
There's also a sentencing hearing at the same time for Danielle Doyle, of Oklahoma. Doyle pleaded to the same parading charge as Bennett. The DOJ is asking for her to serve 2 months of home confinement + 3 years of probation.
Ok, the sentencing hearing for Andrew Ryan Bennett is getting started in Judge James Boasberg's courtroom. DOJ is explaining the terms of the home confinement they are asking for. He would be able to continue working and leave home for medical appointments/legal obligations.
Judge Boasberg, who sentenced Derek Jancart and Erik Raue earlier this week to 45 days in jail, wants the DOJ to explain to him why they're asking for home confinement for Bennett instead of jail time.
DOJ is describing Andrew Bennett as more of an "admirer" of the Proud Boys than an actual member. But notes he shared their posts online and was wearing a Proud Boys "FAFO" shirt on January 6.
DOJ says what distinguishes Jancart/Rau case from Bennett is that they "expressed violent rhetoric outside the Capitol and we don't have that here." Says Bennett tried to convince other rioters not to assault police. "That's a very significant distinction."
Bennett's attorney, Carlos Vanegas, says his client got "caught up in falsehoods and conspiracies." Judge asks him same question: why should he get less time than Jancart/Rau? He says Bennett was not a veteran, like Derek Jancart. Also says he didn't encourage the violence.
Since it keeps coming up, here's Wednesday's story on the Derek Jancart/Erik Rau sentencing.…
Vanegas says January 6 was an "anomaly" in Andrew Bennett's life. He's trying to convince Judge Boasberg to give his client three years of probation + court-ordered community service.
Andrew Ryan Bennett: "I'd like to apologize to you and the country for entering the Capitol. I was not thinking clearly, pumped up on adrenaline as I was. What I did was wrong and I hold myself accountable for my actions."
Judge Boasberg is going through the aggravating/mitigating factors now. Aggravating: Post on January 4 saying "chaos is coming." Mitigating: Multiple attempts to prevent other rioters from attacking police.
Judge Boasberg says he "very rarely" goes above what DOJ asks for, but notes if they had asked for jail time here, he might have granted it.

They didn't, though, so he's sentencing Andrew Bennett to 2 years probation, first 3 months on home confinement. 80 hrs community service.

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