Feds seek prison time for MT brothers at Capitol riot

Phil Drake

Federal authorities have requested a prison sentence of 46 months for one East Helena brother who participated in the Jan. 6, 2021, insurrection in Washington, D.C., and 51 months for the other, according to recently filed court documents.

The government has asked that Joshua Hughes, 38, not only be sentenced to nearly four years in prison, but also that he undergo three years of supervised release and pay $2,000 in restitution plus a mandatory $100 special assessment.

Authorities seek four years and three months of incarceration for Jerod Hughes, 37, plus three years of supervised release, $2,000 in restitution and a mandatory $100 special assessment.

The sentencing is in the middle of advisory guidelines, according to court filings.

“A 46-month sentence reflects the gravity of Joshua Hughes’ conduct, but also acknowledges his early admission of guilt,” they wrote. 

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On Jan. 6, 2021, the brothers were part of a mob of former President Donald Trump’s supporters who broke into the Capitol to contest the Electoral College vote being certified that would name Democrat Joe Biden as president. Trump has falsely claimed he won the election. The U.S.

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