WASHINGTON — A U.S. Capitol riot defendant who described himself as one of the idiots scaling the wall on January 6, 2021, was sentenced to 60 days in prison and three years of probation on Thursday.
Judge Carl Nichols sentenced Clifford Meteer, a Tennessee resident who stormed the Capitol in support of former President Donald Trump's efforts to overturn the 2020 presidential election, in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia.
Meteer's action was about average for a Jan. 6 defendant who pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor offense, but he is relatively less remorseful than the others who admitted to that misdemeanor offense, Nichols said.
Ahead of the sentencing, federal defender Benjamin Sharp, representing Meteer, wrote in a court filing that he was wrong to enter the Capitol, but still holds certain beliefs about the results of the election. Sharp told Nichols Thursday that he tried to convince him that the 2020 election was legitimate.
Meteer criticized Trump's language and gripes, downplaying the Jan. 6 attack in social media messages released by prosecutors in a sentencing memo.
The defendant wrote on Facebook a day after the attack that the democrat stealing the election is the cause of loyal citizens storming the Bastille. They don't get to ignore our vote. The real insurrection, he wrote in a message to a friend, was trying to frame Pres Trump with the collusion delusion, referencing Robert Mueller's investigation into Russia interference in the 2016 election.
Meteer wrote on January 14, 2021, '' a Facebook post on November 3rd that democrats stole the presidential election. On January 6th, patriots reminded them that they will not get away scot sic free. Nearly 800 defendants have been arrested in connection with the Jan. 6 attack, hundreds of others have been identified to the FBI and more than 250 defendants have pleaded guilty.