Former MMA Fighter Gets 41 Months In Prison For Jan 6 Violence

Scott Fairlamb, a New Jersey gym owner and former MMA fighter who violently attacked a police officer during the January 6 Capitol invasion, was sentenced to 41 months in prison on Wednesday.

He was the first rioter to plead guilty to assault, and now the first rioter sentenced for violence against the police during the attack.

From CNN:

Scott Fairlamb pleaded guilty in August to assaulting a police officer and obstructing an official proceeding. He has been in jail since he was arrested in late January and will get credit for the time he has already spent behind bars. 

Fairlamb’s sentence will likely set an early benchmark for how harshly rioters charged with violence may be punished, and it ushers in a new phase of the US Capitol riot cases, which so far have had only nonviolent defendants sentenced largely to no jail time.

“I truly regret my actions that day. I have nothing but remorse,” Fairlamb said in court Wednesday with tears in his eyes as he asked the judge for “mercy.”

In addition to the 41 month prison sentence, Fairlamb will also have 36 months of supervised released and have to pay a $2,000 fine for damage done to the Capitol building.

During sentencing, Judge Royce Lamberth told Fairlamb he had made the right decision in accepting a plea agreement adding, “Had you gone to trial, I don’t think there’s any jury that could have acquitted you.”