Capitol rioter sentenced to 7 years in prison was turned in by his teenage son, causing family to fall apart

Guy Reffitt pictured at the Capitol siege.

Guy Reffitt pictured at the Capitol riots.FBI/Fox News video

  • The Capitol rioter, Guy Reffitt, was… sentenced to seven years in prison on Monday.

  • His son Jackson tipped off the FBI after he became concerned about his father’s radicalized rhetoric.

  • Reffitt’s role in the Capitol riots tore his family apart, Jackson testified earlier this year.

The Capitol Rioter who was sentenced to seven years in prison on Monday, his teenage son, who had broken up the family, was hired by the FBI.

Guy Reffitt of Wylie, Texas, was convicted of five charges, including possession of a semi-automatic weapon on Capitol property and threatening his own children to prevent them from reporting him to the police.

A federal judge sentenced Reffitt to 87 months — or seven years and three months — behind bars and ordered him to pay $2,000 in restitution, NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth reported. It is the longest sentence given to a Capitol rioter to date.

Prosecutors said Reffitt, who was a member of the far-right Three Percenters militia group, led a crowd of protesters up stairs outside the Capitol and told them he planned to drag House Speaker Nancy Pelosi out of the building by her ankles. seen by Insider said.

After the Capitol riots, Reffitt returned to Texas, where he told his then 18-year-old son Jackson and then 16-year-old daughter Peyton that they would be “traitors” if they turned him in.

“If you turn me in, you’re a traitor, and you know what happens to traitors… Traitors get shot,” he told them, according to an affidavit.

But Jackson already had tipped off the FBI in December 2020 after becoming increasingly concerned about Guy’s radicalized rhetoric.

Jackson found out his father was at the Capitol riot when he started posting pictures of it in the family group chat, he told ABC news in an article published in January. The younger Reffitt said he got a call from the FBI asking if his father was in the Capitol, and he confirmed he was. The elder Reffitt was arrested at his home on January 19, 2021.

“I was paranoid through the roof for a while because my dad was constantly going to protests and he was constantly carrying his guns and constantly getting involved in things he shouldn’t be in,” Jackson told Vice News earlier this year.

Jackson’s decision to report his father caused a huge rift in their family, he testified at Reffitt’s trial in March.

“It’s hard. It’s surreal,” the younger Reffitt said, adding that he left the house after his family learned about his collaboration with the FBI on cnn.

His contact with his family has been limited since then, he testified at the time.

“I’m also responsible for kind of tearing this family apart, and it sucks, but there’s not much I can do about it,” Jackson told ABC News.

Reffitt’s wife and two daughters, Peyton and Sarah, assisted him. After his conviction told his daughters to reporters that they felt it was not fair for their father to receive such a long prison sentence while more powerful people, such as former President Donald Trump, remain free.

“To mark my father as this horrible person, and then have him prosecuted in this way, when someone might even get re-elected? That doesn’t seem right to me,” said Sarah Reffitt.

Trump deserves life if my father is in prison that long Added Peyton Reffitt.

Reffitt’s wife, Nicole, did not immediately respond to Insider’s request for comment.

Since the end of July there are more than 880 people have been charged in connection with attempting to reverse the results of the 2020 election on January 6.

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