Former U.S. State Department Official Sentenced to Nearly Six Years in Prison for Involvement in Capitol Riot
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Former U.S. State Department Official Sentenced to Nearly Six Years in Prison for Involvement in Capitol Riot

Former U.S. State Department official Federico Klein, 45, was sentenced Friday to nearly six years in prison for his role in the Jan. 6, 2021, riot at the U.S. Capitol.

Klein was convicted in July of 12 crimes, including assaulting a police officer and obstructing official business. Prosecutors say Klein was part of the first wave of rioters who entered the Capitol tunnel on January 6th. He used a stolen police shield to pry open the door and encouraged others to attack police.

At the time, Klein was working at the State Department as a specialist on South America. He resigned on January 19, 2021, the day before President Joe Biden was inaugurated.

Former U.S. State Department Official Sentenced to Nearly Six Years in Prison for Involvement in Capitol Riot

U.S. District Judge Trevor McFadden sentenced Klein to five years and 10 months in prison, telling Klein that his behavior was “shocking and appalling.”

Prosecutors asked for a 10-year sentence, while Klein’s lawyers argued that the government had exaggerated his role in the riots and asked for a 40-day jail sentence followed by probation.

More than 1,100 people have been charged in connection with the Capitol riot.

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