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Man Who Stormed Capitol In Caveman Costume Gets Jail

The son of a New York judge who stormed the US Capitol in a furry “caveman” costume was sentenced to eight months in prison on Friday.

U.S. District Judge James Boasberg told Aaron Mostofsky he was “literally on the front lines” of the January 6, 2021 mob attack.

“What you and others did that day left an indelible stain on the perception of our nation at home and abroad and that cannot be undone,” the judge told Mostofsky, 35.

Boasberg also sentenced Mostofsky to one year of supervised release and ordered him to do 200 hours of community service and pay $2,000 in compensation.

Mostofsky had asked the judge for clemency, saying he was ashamed of his “contribution to the chaos of the day.”

“I feel sorry for the officers who had to deal with this mess,” said Mostofsky, who is due to report to jail on or after June 5.

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Federal penal guidelines recommended a prison sentence of between 10 and 16 months in his case. Prosecutors recommended a 15-month prison sentence followed by three years of supervised release.

According to prosecutors, Mostofsky was one of the first rioters to enter the restricted area around the Capitol and one of the first to breach the building itself through the Senate wing doors. He crashed into a police barrier that officers were trying to move and stole a bulletproof vest and riot shield from Capitol Police, prosecutors said.

“Mostofsky cheered on fellow rioters as they clashed with police outside the Capitol, even celebrating by punching one of his fellow rioters,” prosecutors wrote in a court filing.

Inside the building, Mostofsky followed rioters who chased Capitol Police Officer Eugene Goodman up a flight of stairs to the Senate chambers. He took the police vest and shield with him as he exited the Capitol about 20 minutes after entering.

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Mostofsky carried a walking stick and wore a furry costume. He told a friend that the costume expresses his belief that “even a caveman” would know the 2020 presidential election was stolen from former President Donald Trump.

According to his attorneys, Mostofsky often wears costumes to events.

“To put it mildly, the New Yorker is quirky even by the standards of his hometown,” they wrote.

A reporter for the New York Post interviewed him during the Capitol riots. He told the reporter he stormed the Capitol because “the election was stolen.”

Mostofsky has worked as an assistant architect in New York. His father, Steven Mostofsky, is a state court judge in Brooklyn.

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“The fact that his father is a judge means he should have understood better than other defendants why the allegations of voter fraud were false,” said Justice Department prosecutor Michael Romano.

Boasberg said none of the letters of support submitted by Mostofsky’s family and friends explained how he “went down that rabbit hole of election fantasy.”

“I hope you understand at this point that your devotion to this fantasy has led to this tragic situation,” the judge added.

Aaron Mostofsky in February pleaded guilty to civil riot charges and misdemeanor charges of stealing government property and entering and remaining in a restricted building or property. Mostofsky was the first Capitol rioter to be convicted of a civil conviction.

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Mostofsky’s attorneys asked for a sentence of house arrest, probation and community service. Defense attorney Nicholas Smith described Mostofsky as a “spectator” who “drifted with the crowd” and did not go to the Capitol to disrupt the peaceful transfer of power.

“He did things he shouldn’t have done,” Smith said. “But there’s a big difference between an ideologue motivated to commit violence and someone who ends up doing evil when they find themselves in a crowd.”

More than 780 people have been charged with federal crimes related to the Capitol riot. Over 280 of them have pleaded guilty, mostly to misdemeanor charges. More than 160 defendants were convicted, including over 60 who received prison sentences ranging from 14 days to five years and three months. About 100 others have trial dates.

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