An alleged Nazi sympathizer and former Army reservist was sentenced to 4 years in prison followed by 36 months of supervised release Thursday for his role in the Jan. 6, 2021, riot at the U.S. Capitol building.
Timothy Hale-Cusanelli of Colts Neck, New Jersey, was found guilty earlier this year of obstruction of Congress. Prosecutors said Hale-Cusanelli traveled to Washington and was caught on video making harassing and derogatory comments toward police officers both inside and outside of the Capitol, according to court documents. He told police that a “revolution” was coming before entering.
After high school, Hale-Cusanelli entered the Army Reserve but was never deployed. At the time of the Capitol riot, he was working security at Naval Weapons Station Earle in New Jersey, where he held a “secret” security clearance and had access to explosives.
Prosecutors said in a memo that Hale-Cusanelli “subscribes to White Supremacist and Nazi-Sympathizer ideologies that drive his enthusiasm for another civil war.” He previously livestreamed his political opinions on YouTube u...