How do you feel about the 63-month sentence of one of the capital rioters?

Mark Ponder, a District of Columbia 56-year-old man, has been sentenced to 63 months of jail time. He pleaded guilty to assaulting police officers outside the U.S. Capitol. This is the longest sentence for anybody convicted of crimes related to the Jan. 6, 2021 riot.

“At approximately 2:31 p.m. on Jan. 6, after rioters overwhelmed police lines in the West Plaza, Ponder ran out from the crowd and swung a long, thin pole at a U.S. Capitol Police officer. The officer protected himself by raising his riot shield above his head. Ponder’s pole struck the riot shield and broke in two, with part of the pole flying off to the side. Ponder then retreated into the crowd. Moments later, he re-armed himself with a new, thicker pole that was colored with red, white, and blue stripes. At approximately 2:32 p.m., he ran toward a second U.S. Capitol Police officer who also was able to block the pole with his riot shield. Then at 2:48 p.m., Ponder joined a crowd of rioters that faced off against a line of officers with the Metropolitan Police Department in the Upper West Terrace. He swung the same striped pole and banged it against the ground in a menacing manner. Then, as the police officers advanced to move the crowd, Ponder wildly swung the pole at the advancing police line, striking an officer in the left shoulder.” (source)

Camera footage shows that Ponder was one of the rioters who engaged in violent confrontations with police officers in the restricted zone outside the Capitol building. Body camera footage showed Ponder assaulting three officers in a series of confrontations.

Is Ponder’s sentence fair and reasonable given the crimes he has been convicted of? How do you feel about his overall situation?

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