This is the longest sentence of a defendant from January 6 to date.
“It wasn’t until you arrived, Mr. Webster, that all hell broke loose,” Judge Amit Mehta said of the police line Webster broke.
“I was shocked every time I saw it,” Mehta said of the video. “No one pushed you forward, you ran,” the judge added, noting several times how the video completely contradicted Webster’s own testimony to the attack.
“You’ve constructed an alternate truth,” Mehta said of Webster’s testimony in the stands in May, adding that his self-defense claims were “just not credible” and calling his testimony “utter fantasy.”
Webster, who spoke through tears before his sentence was handed down, asked Mehta for “mercy” and said he “didn’t have the courage to restrain himself that day.”
“I can never look at my kids the same way again,” Webster said. “The way they look at me is different now. … I was their hero until January 6.”
Officer Rathbun, dressed in his police uniform, attended the hearing, sitting in the back of the courtroom.
Webster turned to Rathbun and apologized to the officer, simply saying he was sorry.
During sentencing, prosecutors noted that Webster brought a firearm to Washington, DC—which he left behind on Jan. 6—and wore his police-issued body armor to the Capitol.
Webster’s attorney, James Monroe, wrote in a lawsuit that Webster’s actions — which he previously claimed were self-defense and justified — were now “undeniably violent and reprehensible,” calling them “unspeakable” acts.
Monroe told Judge Mehta that Webster should be sentenced to prison for what he called “seconds of stupidity.”
“He’s such a decent guy,” Monroe said.
Monroe also shifted blame to former President Donald Trump and the Republican party for turning Webster, and “otherwise decent, law-abiding individuals…to fellow Americans.”
This story has been updated with additional details.