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Jan. 6 Rioter Sentenced to Over 6 Years in Prison for Attacking Capitol Officer

Ralph Celentano, a fervent supporter of former President Donald Trump, has been sentenced to more than six years in federal prison for his role in the January 6 Capitol riot.

Convicted For Blind-Side Tackling And Pushing Cop

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Celentano, who was convicted for “blind-side tackling” a U.S. Capitol Police officer and pushing him over a ledge during the violent events, received his sentence on Tuesday.

Harsh Sentence And Strong Condemnation

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U.S. District Judge Timothy Kelly did not mince words, calling Celentano’s actions “disgraceful” and stating that there was no justification for such behavior.

Truly Cowardly And Despicable

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He characterized the attack on the Capitol officer as “a truly cowardly and despicable thing to do.”

The sentencing reflects the seriousness with which the court viewed Celentano’s actions.

Conviction And Belief In False Claims

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Celentano was arrested in 2022 and subsequently convicted at trial last year.

The evidence presented during the trial indicated that he embraced the false claims made by Donald Trump regarding the 2020 election.

Views On Social Media

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He posted on social media, asserting that “crooked poll workers need to be hauled before judges” before participating in the “Stop the Steal” rally on January 6 and later heading to the Capitol.

Incendiary Rhetoric And Aggressive Actions

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During the events of January 6, Celentano exhibited provocative and aggressive behavior.

Prosecutors revealed that while at Peace Circle, he recorded a video in which he urged rioters to “occupy the Capitol” as he referred to it as “our building.”

Joined Mob Against Enforcement Officers

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He then joined the mob that confronted law enforcement officers, using derogatory language to insult them.

Attack On Capitol Officer

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The most egregious act attributed to Celentano was his attack on U.S. Capitol Police Officer Kenrick Ellis.

Celentano forcefully shoved Officer Ellis over a banister.

Ellis Feared For His Life

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Ellis, a military veteran who served in Iraq, testified that during the chaos outside the Capitol, he feared for his life and worried that he might never see his young son again.

Officer Ellis’ Testimony

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Officer Kenrick Ellis addressed the court during the sentencing hearing, recounting how Celentano had “football tackled” him from behind, leaving him with no chance to defend himself.

Deep Fear

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He expressed the deep fear he experienced during the attack and confronted Celentano directly, telling him, “You’re not a patriot; you’re a coward.”

Celentano’s Brief Apology

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In a brief moment, Ralph Celentano offered an apology to Officer Ellis, saying, “I’m terribly sorry” and acknowledging that it had been a “terrible day.”

Post-Riot Statements And Denial Of Conspiracy Theories

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After the January 6 riot, Celentano disavowed conspiracy theories and misinformation about the attack.

He publicly stated that Trump supporters, not Antifa or Black Lives Matter, were responsible for the Capitol breach.

Extensive Legal Proceedings

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The Capitol attack has resulted in approximately 1,250 individuals being charged in connection with the events of January 6, with several arrests made even in recent days.

Among those charged, about 900 have been convicted.

Online investigators have identified hundreds more rioters who remain unarrested by the FBI.

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