Rioter Who Assaulted Officer Brian Sicknick Sentenced to Over 6 Years in Jail

On Friday, a federal judge sentenced Julian Khater to 80 months in prison for his role in the Jan. 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol. Khater, 32, was convicted of assaulting Capitol Police Officer Brian Sicknick, who later died from injuries sustained during the riot.

Khater and another rioter, George Tanios, sprayed a chemical irritant at Sicknick and other officers. Khater was also convicted of obstruction of an official proceeding, civil disorder and other charges.

The attack on the Capitol left five people dead, including Sicknick, and resulted in the arrest of hundreds of people.

The prosecution argued that Khater and Tanios should receive sentences of up to 10 years in prison. However, U.S. District Judge Thomas Hogan said that the pair had already suffered enough humiliation and that a lengthy sentence would not be necessary.

Hogan said that Khater had already been “tried and convicted in the court of public opinion.”

Tanios was sentenced to seven years in prison for his role in the attack.

The attack on the Capitol shocked the nation and prompted a massive investigation into the events of Jan. 6. The FBI has identified hundreds of suspects and is continuing to investigate the incident.

The sentences of Khater and Tanios are a reminder of the severity of the attack and the importance of holding those responsible accountable for their actions.