East Helena man gets 38 months for participating in Capitol riot

Joshua Hughes

Jerod Hughes

One of the two East Helena brothers who participated in the Jan. 6, 2021, insurrection in Washington, D.C., was sentenced Tuesday to 38 months in prison, a lighter sentence than prosecutors had requested.

Joshua Hughes, 39, was also ordered by District of Columbia U.S. District Court Judge Timothy J. Kelly to three years of supervised release and must pay $2,000 in restitution.

He pleaded guilty Aug. 25 to an obstruction of an official proceeding charge. At one time he and his brother, Jerod Hughes, faced nine felony counts each. The U.S. Attorney’s office had asked Joshua Hughes to be sentenced to 46 months in prison in a Nov. 15 sentencing memorandum. Federal officials said the sentencing is in the middle of advisory guidelines and reflected the gravity of his conduct while also acknowledging his early admission of guilt.

“Of course, we are disappointed (that) Judge Kelly did not impose a more lenient sentence based upon Josh’s conduct,” his attorney, Palmer Hoovestal, said Tuesday in an

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