The man who pepper-sprayed police officers during the US Capitol riots in 2021 has been sentenced to 80 months in prison.
Capitol rioter jailed for attack on police
The man who carried out a pepper-spray attack on a US Capitol Police officer who died the day after the January 6, 2021, riot has been sentenced to 80 months in prison with credit for time already served in pre-trial detention.
Julian Khater, 32, who admitted in a guilty plea he had used the pepper spray against Officer Brian Sicknick and two other officers, told US District Judge Thomas Hogan rash actions that day were not in his nature, and he wishes he could take them back.
“I’ve taken every change I possibly could to better myself as a person,” Khater said. “What happened on Jan. 6 – there are no words for it … I wish I could take it back.”
Sicknick died of a stroke the next day. Although the medical examiner, Francisco J. Diaz, later attributed his death to natural causes, he told the Washington Post he believed “all that transpired” on January 6, 2021, played a role in his death.