A New Jersey gym owner and former MMA fighter was sentenced to 41 months in prison Wednesday for obstruction of an official proceeding and assaulting a Metropolitan Police Department officer during the Jan 6. Capitol riot — becoming the first person to be sentenced for assaulting law enforcement on that deadly day.
Scott Fairlamb, 44, had pleaded guilty to the charges in August and his sentencing will likely serve as a benchmark for dozens of similar cases.
Fairlamb’s sentence is the longest of the 32 riot-related penalties handed down so far. Sentencing guidelines calculated by the court’s probation department recommend a term of imprisonment ranging from 41 to 51 months.
US District Judge Royce Lamberth told Fairlamb during sentencing that his actions had struck at “the heart of our democracy,” according to the Associated Press.
Fairlamb appeared to express remorse for his actions Wednesday and said he took “full responsibility for what I did that day,”
“That’s not who I am. That’s not who I was raised to be,” he said.
Prosecutors said Fairlamb was one of the first people to breach the Capitol during the riot. As he left the building, video showed, he harassed a group of officers attempting to control the mob and was also seen on camera punching a Metropolitan Police Department officer in the head.
The former gym owner was also seen on video chanting, “What (do) patriots do? We f—ing disarm them and then we storm the f—ing Capitol!”
Prosecutors said Fairlamb’s MMA experience made him “well aware of the injury he could have inflicted” on the officer.
“His actions and words on that day all indicate a specific intent to obstruct a congressional proceeding through fear, intimidation, and violence, including violence against uniformed police officers,” they said in August.
Fairlamb, whose brother is a Secret Service agent who protected Michelle Obama, was known to have endorsed unfounded QAnon conspiracy theories online, including one that claimed former President Donald Trump would become president of “the new Republic” in early March, per AP.
Prior to his arrest, Fairlamb owned Fairlamb Fit gym in Pompton Lakes, New Jersey. It is now closed.
Around 140 police officers were attacked during the riot and five have since died. Capitol Police Officer Brian Sicknick died following two strokes after rioters sprayed him with a chemical irritant, and the four others took their own lives.
One rioter, Ashlli Babbitt, was shot and killed by law enforcement, while three others succumbed to medical conditions during the chaos.
More than 650 people have been charged with federal crimes related to the Capitol riot.
With Post wires