This is the longest sentence for the 6 January defendants so far.
“Mr. Webster, by the time you arrived, all hell broke loose,” Judge Amit Mehta said of the police line Webster broke.
“Every time I watch it, I’m shocked,” Mehta said of the video. “No one pushed you forward, you just ran away,” the judge added, noting several times that the video completely contradicted Webster’s own testimony.
“You’ve created an alternative truth,” Mehta said of Webster’s testimony on the stand, adding that his claims of self-defense were “not credible” and that his testimony was “completely fictitious.”
A tearful Webster spoke before the sentencing, saying she had “not had the guts to control” herself that day and asked Mehta for “mercy”.
“I’ll never see my kids again,” Webster said. “The way they look at me, it’s different now. … I was their hero until January 6.”
Officer Rathbun, in his police uniform, sat in the back of the courtroom and attended the hearing.
Turning to Rathbun, Webster apologized to the officer, saying, “I’m sorry.”
During the sentencing, prosecutors noted that Webster brought a gun to Washington, D.C. — which he left on Jan. 6 — and wore police-issued body armor to the Capitol.
Webster’s attorney, James Monroe, said Webster’s actions — which he had previously argued were self-defense and reasonable — were now “unmistakably violent and reprehensible,” calling them “unspeakable.”
Monroe told Judge Mehta that Webster should be given time for what he called “seconds of stupidity.”
“He’s a very disciplined guy,” Monroe said.
Monroe also shifted the blame to former President Donald Trump and the Republican Party for turning Webster and “otherwise decent, law-abiding people … against their fellow Americans.”
This story has been updated with additional details.