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    Military Veteran Who Stormed Capitol with Loaded Pistol Is Sentenced to 7 Years in Prison

    Military Veteran Who Stormed Capitol with Loaded Pistol Is Sentenced to 7 Years in Prison

    — A veteran who stormed the U.S. Capitol with a loaded pistol, metal-plated body armor and a gas mask was sentenced on Wednesday to seven years in prison, one of the longest among hundreds of Jan. 6 riot cases.

    Christopher Michael Alberts isn't accused of brandishing his concealed gun during the riot on Jan. 6, 2021. But he used a wooden pallet as a makeshift battering ram against police officers who were guarding a stairwell outside the Capitol, according to federal prosecutors.

    Alberts told U.S. District Judge Christopher Cooper that he was trying to protect others outside the Capitol as police deployed tear gas and non-lethal munitions to hold back the mob.

    “I wasn't trying to hurt anybody,” he said. “I just wanted it all to stop.”

    Cooper told Alberts that he was one of the leaders of the mob that day.

    “You were not simply a bystander,” the judge said.

    Alberts, a former Virginia National Guard member who lives in Maryland, spent six hours on Capitol grounds on the day of the riot. He was armed with a 9-millimeter pistol — loaded with hollow point and high-pressure rounds — and brought an extra magazine of ammunition.

    Alberts was the first rioter to reach the northwest steps outside the Capitol and the first to “go hands on” with a Capitol police officer at that part of the complex, prosecutors said.

    “Alberts, with his body armor, gas mask, military gear, and rage, rallied and…

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