A Colorado man has been sentenced to 30 months in federal prison in connection to the Jan. 6 insurrection at the U.S. Capitol.
Thomas Patrick Hamner, 49, of Peyton, hopped over barricades and pulled them down, pushed a metal sign into a defensive line formed by officers, and engaged in a tug of war with police over a bike rack that was used as a barricade, among other actions, according to U.S. Department of Justice news release.
Hamner was arrested on Nov. 9, 2021, in Colorado Springs. He was initially charged with engaging in physical violence in a restricted building or grounds, civil disorder, and assaulting, resisting or impeding certain officers with a dangerous weapon. The actions of Hamner and others disrupted a joint session of the U.S. Congress convened to ascertain and count the electoral votes related to the presidential election.
Indicted on six charges, including five felonies, Hamner pleaded guilty on May 17 to one felony charge — interfering with law enforcement officers during a civil disorder. He has pleaded not guilty to the remaining five charges and is awaiting further court proceedings.
Following his prison term, Hamner will be on three years of supervised release. He was ordered to pay $2,000 in restitution.
In the 20 months since the insurrection, more than 870 people have been arrested in nearly all 50 states for crimes related to the breach, including more than 265 defendants charged with assaulting or impeding law enforcement, according to the release. The investigation is ongoing.