“This wasn’t Bill and Ted’s Excellent Adventure,” Judge Tanya Chutkan said before handing down the sentence Wednesday. “They came to Washington knowing full well the events of January 6,” adding that “their actions were an assault on the American people.”
Nicholas Perretta and Mitchell Vukich were in the Capitol for 25 minutes, according to prosecutors. Vukich bragged over text message that he “was in the first 15 people in the capitol” and “(g)ot pepper sprayed and shot with rubber bullets lol,” according to court documents. The pair also rifled through some congressional papers they found on the ground and Vukich took some of them and put them inside his jacket before throwing them in a trashcan later, he told investigators.
“What you did on January 6,” Chutkan said during the hearing, “it was no ‘let’s go check out what’s happening,'” contrary to what their attorney’s argued.
“This was a violent attempted overthrow of the government … and it almost succeeded,” Chutkan added. The judge also noted that Vukich wore goggles during the attack, which suggested that he expected confrontation with the police.
Over 725 people have been arrested in relation to the Capitol breach, according to the FBI, with over 70 sentenced thus far and over 30 receiving jail time.