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Sentencing recommendation submitted for Omaha man who participated in U.S. Capitol riot

Brandon Straka was arrested by the FBI Omaha field office Monday on charges related to the Jan....
Brandon Straka was arrested by the FBI Omaha field office Monday on charges related to the Jan. 6 riot at the U.S. Capitol.(Douglas County Corrections)
Published: Jan. 13, 2022 at 3:58 PM CST
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WASHINGTON, D.C. (WOWT) - Federal prosecutors on Thursday recommended an Omaha man be sentenced to four months of home detention and three years probation for his role in the Jan. 6, 2021, riot at the U.S. Capitol.

Additionally, it was also recommended that Brandon Straka serve at least 60 hours of community service and pay $500 restitution.

Straka pleaded guilty in October to engaging in disorderly and disruptive conduct, which could have brought up to six months in prison and a $5,000 fine.

In the sentencing recommendation, the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Columbia described Straka as a social media influencer who live-streamed his participation in the attack. It noted that Straka encouraged and celebrated the violence of the day but did not personally engage in violence or property destruction during the riot.

During a presentence interview with U.S. probation, Straka was described as having remorse for his actions and said, “if he could back in time, he would never have gone to Washington, D.C.” He described his conduct on Jan. 6 as “one of the stupidest and tragic decisions of his life.”

In a separate case, Straka was named with 34 other people and organizations including former President Trump, the Trump campaign, Stop the Steal organization, Roger Stone, and Proud Boys. The lawsuit on behalf of seven U.S. Capitol Police offices is seeking compensatory damages to be determined by a jury.

Straka is slated to be formally sentenced Jan. 20.

Read the federal document

Correction: A previous version of this story indicated sentencing had already taken place. 6 News regrets the error.

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