Julian Khater, 33, who attacked Capitol Police officer Brian Sicknick with chemical spray during the violent January 6 invasion of the U.S. Capitol building, was sentenced to 80 months in prison and a $10,000 fine.
Breaking news: Man sentenced to nearly 7 years in Jan. 6 assault of officer Brian Sicknick, who died of natural causes after the Capitol riot. https://t.co/W5ANGVVohq
— The Washington Post (@washingtonpost) January 27, 2023
Sicknick died of multiple strokes a day after being doused with pepper spray by Khater, who pleaded guilty to assaulting officers with a dangerous weapon in March.
An autopsy by D.C.’s chief medical examiner ruled that Sicknick suffered two strokes and died of natural causes a day after the insurrection but added that “all that transpired on that day played a role in his condition.”
Judge Thomas F. Hogan told Khater before sentencing that if not for the coroner’s report, Khater might have faced a murder charge.
Calling Khater’s actions “inexcusable,” Hogan said before sentencing, “There are officers who lost their lives, there’s officers who committed suicide after this, there’s officers who can’t go back to work.”
In his own statement, Khater said what happened on Jan. 6 was “extremely unfortunate,” before adding, “I wish I could take it all back.”
But Judge Hogan noted Khater’s “self-centered” statement “did not include any apology to the officers who you sprayed.”
The Washington Post points out that while Sicknick’s family have gone 751 days since Jan. 6, Khater began his statement by highlighting the 684 “agonizing” days he has spent in jail.
Khater will receive credit for the approximately 22 months he has already served in prison.
Read the full report here.
BREAKING: Julian Khater, 33, of Pennsylvania, has been sentenced to 80 months (6 years, 8 months) in prison for assaulting USCP Officers Brian Sicknick and Caroline Edwards on Jan. 6, 2021. https://t.co/SmWb0jggIY
— Jordan Fischer (@JordanOnRecord) January 27, 2023
This sentence seems far too lenient, considering the attacker planned to use chemical agents in an illegal assault, in service of a coordinated insurrection & his actions were found to be a factor in Officer Sicknick’s death.
— Joseph Robertson (@poet_economist) January 27, 2023
In her emotional victim impact statement, Gladys Sicknick places the deaths of her son Brian and other officers who took their lives following Jan. 6 at the feet of people she describes as former President Trump’s “footsoldiers.” pic.twitter.com/BX4jUjD9Gw
— Jordan Fischer (@JordanOnRecord) January 24, 2023