East Helena man sentenced to 46 months in Capitol breach

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Jerod Hughes

The second of two East Helena brothers who participated in the Jan. 6, 2021 insurrection in Washington, D.C., was sentenced Friday to 46 months in prison, 3 years of supervised release and $2,000 in restitution, federal officials said.

Jerod Wade Hughes recently stated in court documents he was “duped” into believing the 2020 presidential election was stolen and was “responding to the clarion call of a charlatan” when he respond to then-President Donald Trump’s pleas to “save the country” that day.

The sentencing came on the two-year anniversary of the attack on the Capitol.

Authorities had asked for Jerod Hughes, 39, to be sentenced to 51 months of incarceration plus three years of supervised release, and to be ordered to pay $2,000 in restitution and a mandatory $100 special assessment.

Authorities say this photo shows Joshua and Jerod Hughes in pursuit of Capitol Police Officer Eugene Goodman on Jan. 6, 2021.

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