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Capitol mutiny far-right internet leader given 60 days

WASHINGTON (AP) — A far-right internet figure who broadcast live video of the storming of the US Capitol was sentenced Tuesday to two months in prison for joining a mob attack on the building.

Antim Gionet, known to his social media followers as “Baked Alaska,” refused to go to court until U.S. District Judge Trevor McFadden sentenced him to 60 days in jail followed by two years’ probation. Gione faced up to six months in prison.

Gione blamed himself and other rioters in a video he broadcast live to an audience of approximately 16,000 subscribers. The 27-minute video shows him urging other rioters to stay in the Capitol.

“You have done everything possible to publicize your misconduct,” Judge Gionetou said. “You supported and fully participated in what was happening there.”

In Democratic Senator Jeff Merkley’s office, Gione was videotaped picking up the phone and pretending to report a “rigged election,” echoing former President Donald Trump’s baseless claim that the 2020 election was stolen from him.

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