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Six-year sentence given to Jan. 6 rioter for attempting to ‘incite violence’

John Sullivan, a defendant from the Jan. 6 Capitol attack, was sentenced to six years in prison for various charges including inciting violence and obstructing an official proceeding. Sullivan, who did not support Trump, went to the Capitol intending to instigate chaos. Despite trying to portray himself as a journalist, prosecutors argued that his true goal was to cause anarchy. Sullivan’s defense highlighted his past as an Eagle Scout and athlete, but prosecutors emphasized his actions during the attack. Since his conviction, Sullivan’s mental health has deteriorated, and he’s been isolated in jail for his safety due to his differing political beliefs. The case against Sullivan was described as unusual due to his unique motivations compared to other Jan. 6 defendants.


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