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'Storm the Capitol!' 4 knife-carrying 'Three Percenters' in tactical gear have been given prison sentences for the Jan. 6 riots

Four knife-carrying ‘Three Percenters’ in tactical gear who bragged about storming the Capitol were sentenced to prison for their roles in the Jan. 6, 2021, insurrection.

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Four members of the 'Three Percenters' were sentenced to prison for their roles in the Jan. 6, 2021, insurrection. (Photo of Ronald Mele, inset, from Law&Crime file via GiveSendGo; Photo of the Jan. 6, 2021, riot at a police barrier at the Capitol is AP Photo/Julio Cortez, File)

Four members of the 'Three Percenters' have been sentenced to prison for their involvement in the Jan. 6, 2021, insurrection. (Photo of Ronald Mele, inset, from Law&Crime file via GiveSendGo; Photo of the Jan. 6, 2021, riot at a police barrier at the Capitol is AP Photo/Julio Cortez, File)

Four knife-carrying 'Three Percenters' in tactical gear who boasted about infiltrating the Capitol have been sentenced to prison for their roles in the Jan. 6, 2021, insurrection.

Erik Scott Warner, 48, was sentenced to 27 months; Felipe Antonio Martinez, 50, was given a 21-month sentence. Derek Kinnison, 42, received a 33-month sentence; Ronald Mele, 54, received a 33-month sentence. Each was also required to pay $2,000 restitution and complete 36 months of supervised release.

They were found guilty of plotting to impede an official proceeding and impeding an official proceeding, both serious crimes. Warner and Kinnison were also found guilty of manipulating documents or records, a serious offense. In addition to the serious convictions, they were found guilty of lesser offenses of trespassing and disorderly conduct.

“Mr. Kinnison is a patriotic citizen who wanted to show his support for President Trump, whom he believed was the rightful winner of the 2020 election,” stated Kinnison’s attorney, Nicolai Cocis, after the conviction, The Associated Press reported. “He regrets his involvement in the events of January 6.”

Authorities stated that the men were associated with the “Three Percenters,” an extremist group that takes its name from the mistaken belief that it represents the fraction of colonists who overthrew the British during the American Revolution.

Via a Telegram chat called “The California Patriots — DC Brigade,” they planned their journey to Washington to disrupt Congress’ certification of Joe Biden’s victory. They traveled across the country, authorities mentioned. Following former President Donald Trump’s “Stop the Steal” rally that day, the men marched on the Capitol.

“This is the storm of the Capitol,” Kinnison said as the group moved through the crowd, officials stated.

Facing a line of officers, Warner, carrying bear spray and a flagpole, urged the rioters to “hold the line” as Martinez, Kinnison, and Mele advanced against a police line on the northwest lawn, prosecutors stated.

“Push! Push! Push!” Mele shouted to the crowd as the officers on the lawn were surrounded, attacked, and compelled to retreat, authorities mentioned.

At 2:13 p.m., Warner broke into the Capitol building through a smashed window. When Martinez, Kinnison, and Mele learned that he had made it in, they went to join him, officials said.

En route, Mele recorded a selfie video, saying, “Storm the Capitol!” before he and his group — in tactical gear and carrying knives and cans of bear spray — gained entry into the building, prosecutors mentioned. The men were arrested on June 10, 2021.

Law&Crime reported in 2022 that Mele had requested a federal judge for permission to relocate to Texas because employers there were “more sympathetic” to the charges he was facing in the Jan. 6 siege. His co-defendant included Alan Hostetter, a cop-turned-yoga instructor who said in late November 2021 that “traitors need to be executed.” He was sentenced to more than 11 years in federal prison for his role in the riots.

In the 39 months since Jan. 6, 2021, more than 1,387 people have been charged in the Capitol breach, including nearly 500 charged with assaulting or impeding law enforcement, a felony, officials said.

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