Texas Vineyard Proprietor Sentenced to Practically 7 Years in Jail for Jan. 6 Actions

Christopher Grider equipped the helmet utilized in rioting outdoors the Speaker’s Foyer the place Ashli Babbitt was shot

A Texas vineyard proprietor who equipped the helmet utilized by a rioter to bash out the home windows of the Home Speaker’s Foyer entrance on the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6, 2021, was sentenced to 83 months in federal jail on Could 23.

Along with his 83-month jail sentence, Christopher Ray Grider, 41, of Eddy, Texas, was additionally ordered by U.S. District Decide Colleen Kollar-Kotelly to serve 36 months of supervised launch, fined $812, and ordered to pay $5,055 in restitution.

In a December bench trial, Grider was discovered responsible on seven fees, together with obstructing an officer throughout civil dysfunction; obstructing an official continuing; injuring, damaging, or destroying authorities property; disorderly and disruptive conduct in a restricted constructing; violent entry and disorderly conduct in a restricted constructing; and interesting in bodily violence in a restricted constructing.

Grider earlier pleaded responsible to getting into and remaining in a restricted constructing or grounds; and parading, demonstrating, or picketing in a restricted constructing or grounds.

Grider was within the heart of the Speaker’s Foyer hallway when rioting erupted at about 2:35 p.m. on Jan. 6.

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Christopher Grider (at proper) shouts at police after the taking pictures of Ashli Babbitt outdoors the Speaker’s Foyer on the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6, 2021. (Sam Montoya/For The Epoch Occasions)

He handed a black riot helmet to Jan. 6 suspect Zachary Jordan Alam, 31, of Centreville, Virginia, who used it to bash within the door home windows of the entry to the Speaker’s Foyer. Alam is charged with 11 Jan. 6-related crimes and faces a July 31 trial date.

Shortly after Alam smashed out the ultimate window, Air Pressure veteran Ashli Babbitt, 35, was shot and killed by Capitol Police Lt. Michael Byrd when she tried to climb via the damaged window.

Simply earlier than Babbitt was shot, Grider moved away from the doorways after Jan. 6 suspect John Sullivan—who was filming the scene— shouted, “Gun!”

Grider stayed within the space after different protesters exited the constructing, utilizing his cellphone in an try and document Babbitt mendacity on the bottom, bleeding, courtroom data mentioned.

In his sentencing memorandum, Grider mentioned prosecutors and the probation division have portrayed him as somebody he isn’t.

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Christopher Grider (above heart) watches as Zachary Alam smashes home windows on the Speaker’s Foyer entry on Jan. 6, 2021. (JaydenX/Screenshot through The Epoch Occasions)

Grider’s “actions on January 6 stood in stark distinction to his normal character each earlier than and after that fateful day,” wrote protection legal professional T. Brent Mayr.

Though Grider picked up the black riot helmet, “he clearly didn’t intend to make use of it as a weapon or an implement for inflicting harm,” Mayr wrote.

Decide Kollar-Kotelly rejected Grider’s makes an attempt to quash the sentencing enhancements sought by prosecutors. She accused the defendant of mendacity on the stand throughout his trial about his psychological state on Jan. 6.

“…The quantity and speciousness of defendant’s lies throughout his testimony compels the conclusion, by clear and convincing proof, that defendant willfully supplied false testimony relating to the requisite psychological states for the charged offenses,” the decide wrote in a Could 23 ruling.