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Former California Police Chief Gets 11-Year Term In Capitol Riot Case

Alan Hostetter, former chief of the La Habra, Calif., Police Department as sentenced to 11 years in prison for his actions during the Jan. 6, 2021, Capitol riot, one of the longest sentences for those convicted of crimes in connection with the event, Axios reports. Alan Hostetter was found guilty of entering and remaining in a restricted building or grounds with a deadly or dangerous weapon and three other counts. He represented himself at trial. Hostetter, 59, brought hatchets, knives, stun batons, pepper spray and tactical gear to Washington for himself and others. He was found on Capitol grounds with a hatchet in his backpack.

In December 2020, he told a crowd of fellow Trump supporters that when Congress was in session on Jan. 6 he intended to "choke that city off, fill it with patriots, and then those people behind the walls of the Senate and the House are gonna be listening to us chanting outside those walls." Before the Capitol riot, Hostetter said Trump's political enemies should be executed. The Justice Department said that 1,230 people have been charged for their actions surrounding the Capitol riot. It added that more than 440 individuals have been charged with assaulting or impeding law enforcement, which is a felony. Four of Hostetter's co-defendants were found guilty of several offenses in November and are awaiting sentencing.


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