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‘I’m really ashamed of myself.’ Kansas City military veteran sentenced in Capitol riot

After telling a federal decide he wished he may take again what he’d performed, a Kansas City military veteran was sentenced in federal courtroom Wednesday to dwelling detention and probation for his position in the Capitol riot.

U.S District Judge Dabney Friedrich sentenced Carey Jon Walden to 30 days of dwelling detention, three years’ probation and 60 hours of neighborhood service. He is also required to pay $500 in restitution for harm to the Capitol constructing, which prosecutors say totaled about $1.5 million.

“If I could take it all back, I would,” Walden informed the decide simply earlier than his sentencing. “I didn’t see a lot (of) what I saw on TV when I was there. It was a terrible day, and I’m really ashamed of myself that I was a part of that.

“I wish I hadn’t been there, and I’m sorry that I did that.”

Friedrich stated that though Walden’s offense was a misdemeanor, “his criminal conduct was very serious.”

“He was a willing participant in a riot, or an insurrection, that undermined our democratic electoral process and values,” she stated.

Walden didn’t injure any officers or others, harm any property, carry weapons or interact in pre-planning with others, Friedrich stated, “but his presence and his active participation in the attack on the Capitol subjected law enforcement officers who put their lives on the line every day to protect the Capitol and those who work there to greater risk.”

Friedrich famous, nonetheless, that Walden accepted accountability and acknowledged what he did was unsuitable. He additionally willingly submitted to a voluntary interview with legislation enforcement, she stated, and supplied photographs and movies from that day.

The sentence was handed down at a listening to in U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia by way of video convention. Walden confronted a most of six months in jail and a $5,000 wonderful in addition to the $500 restitution for the misdemeanor cost.

The authorities had really useful a sentence of a minimum of two weeks’ incarceration, 60 hours of neighborhood service and $500 in restitution.

Walden, 48, is the second of the 18 Missouri residents charged in reference to the riot to be sentenced. Ten others have pleaded responsible and await sentencing.

Walden, whose participation in the riot was reported to the FBI by a fellow Marine he as soon as supervised, was arrested May 28 in Kansas City. He was initially charged with knowingly getting into or remaining in any restricted constructing or grounds with out lawful authority; disorderly or disruptive conduct, at anyplace in the grounds or in any of the Capitol buildings; and parading, demonstrating or picketing in any of the Capitol buildings. All counts have been misdemeanors.

He pleaded guilty to the “parading” rely, and the federal government dropped the opposite counts as half of his plea settlement.

Walden traveled by bus from Kansas City to Washington to attend the pro-Trump “Stop the Steal” rally on Jan. 6, 2021, prosecutors stated in a courtroom doc explaining the sentence suggestion. Walden was unemployed and didn’t pay for the bus ticket, however obtained it from a buddy who couldn’t go.

He was ready for violence when he traveled to Washington, D.C., the federal government stated in the doc.

“He brought a gas mask apparatus and wore it inside the U.S. Capitol Building,” it stated. “He entered the Capitol Building through a window that had been smashed out.”

As a U.S. Navy and Marine Corps veteran, the federal government stated, Walden was — or ought to have been — conscious of the jeopardy posed by violent entry into the Capitol and of the violent pressure required to beat the police who have been guarding it.

“Walden incited and celebrated the violence that was required to break through the police line by repeatedly chanting in the Capitol Building, ‘traitor — traitors,’” the doc stated. He additionally “showed a lack of remorse for his conduct by posting to Facebook a photo of the chaos outside the Capitol Building with the caption ‘I had just climbed the west wall lol.’”

Prosecutors stated Walden didn’t commit any violence towards anybody or destroy any property, by no means left the realm of the lobby instantly contained in the Senate wing doorways and was in the constructing solely 9 minutes.

Even so, they stated, he “celebrated the violence of that day.”

And whereas Walden’s military service is laudable — he served in the Navy for 6½ years and in the Marine Corps for almost six years — prosecutors stated that as a veteran, he knew that disagreeing with authorities officers doesn’t give somebody the precise to storm a guarded authorities constructing.

“Walden’s former military service makes his conduct on January 6 all the more troubling and demonstrates a very real need for specific deterrence in the form of incarceration,” the doc stated.

In a Jan. 7 letter to the decide, Walden described himself as a disabled fight veteran with “a decent blue-collar job for a great company in Kansas City Kansas.”

He stated the group he went to Washington with “was made up of like-minded conservative Americans,” most of them older than him.

“None (not even one) of the members of this group were proud boys, III percenters, or any other extremist group,” he wrote. “Until the ‘breach’ of the Capitol building, the protest was very peaceful and even festive. I did not see or hear President Trump. At the time he was speaking, I was escorting some elderly ‘protestors’ to Union Station so they could eat.”

Walden stated there had been experiences that Black Lives Matter and Antifa “were attacking the elderly Trump protestors” so he took a respirator with him “in case we inadvertently ended up in some Trump supports vs. Antifa skirmish.”

When he arrived on the Capitol, Walden stated, there have been folks scaling a wall to enter the constructing.

“I got caught up in the moment,” he wrote. “I could, and did, climb the wall, to see what was going on with my own eyes. I also took video and pictures of what was happening, for my friends and family to see what I was seeing. I climbed through a broken-out window, where there were rioters and Capitol Police were facing off. Nobody I saw, including me, was attacking the Capitol Police.”

Walden stated in the letter that he was remorseful for what occurred that day.

“The smart thing to have done would have been to just stay away from all of it, and I didn’t do that,” he stated. “I had no desire to destroy property, attack police officers or try and overthrow the government, and I did NOT do those things.

“I have no idea who exactly started that riot. I know that there were a lot of angry Americans who fell into a mob mentality, and took the ‘right to peacefully protest’ to an extreme and that shouldn’t have happened.”

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