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Family of Jan. 6 defendant 'sad, but relieved' over four year sentence

Added 09-23-22 12:23:02am EST - “EXCLUSIVE ?" The family of January 6 defendant Timothy Hale-Cusanelli is "sad, but relieved" after he was jailed for four years, three less than what the government was seeking.” - Washingtonexaminer.com

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Posted By TheNewsCommenter: From Washingtonexaminer.com: “Family of Jan. 6 defendant 'sad, but relieved' over four year sentence”. Below is an excerpt from the article.

EXCLUSIVE — The family of January 6 defendant Timothy Hale-Cusanelli is "sad, but relieved" after he was jailed for four years, three less than what the government was seeking.

Army reservist Cusanelli, 32, was sentenced Thursday to four years in prison, including time served. Although he didn't engage in any physical violence with police officers at the Capitol, he became a notable case due to alleged radical views and prior provocative statements. His closest family, Cynthia Hughes, has previously refused to speak to anyone from the media, but made an exception to speak to the Washington Examiner.

"Sad, but relieved," she answered, when asked how she felt about the ruling. "Relieved that he didn't get seven years, like the government was dying for. Relieved that the judge was very reasonable, and stuck to the rule of law. Sad because Tim has basically been a prisoner his whole entire life."

Hughes was joined in the audience by several people who work with the Patriot Freedom Project, her nonprofit group that provides financial, legal, and moral support for January 6 defendants and their families. Among them was the mother of Ashli Babbitt, who was killed during the Capitol riot.

Hughes, Cusanelli's aunt, described herself as "the one constant throughout Tim's life," starting literally at his birth. Cusanelli has lived with Hughes several times throughout his life, and relied on her for support. A lawyer in the courtroom audience with Hughes described her as "the closest thing he has to a mother." She was the only family member in attendance.

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