A federal judge sentenced two cousins for going inside the U.S. Capitol during the Jan. 6 insurrection.
District Court Judge Tanya Chutkan sentenced cousins Robert Bauer, of Kentucky, and Edward Hemenway, of Virginia, to 45 days in prison and ordered them each to pay $500 in restitution and serve 60 hours of community service, reported the Courier-Journal.
The judge noted that neither man had assaulted police officers during the riot, they took photographs of themselves inside the building and "clearly celebrated" their presence there.
"There has to be consequences," Chutkan said, "[for trying to] disrupt the peaceful transfer of power."
The 44-year-old Bauer, whose wife attended the "Stop the Steal" rally but did not go to the Capitol, spoke at his sentencing and told the judge that he understood the seriousness of his actions after returning to his cousin's home and watching TV coverage of the riot.
"We didn't see everything that went on that day," Bauer said. "When I saw...all that chaos and all that violence, that's when I realized the true gravity of it."