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Fri Feb 23, 2024, 08:22 PM Feb 2024

No jail time for ex-Oath Keeper who helped feds prosecute other Jan. 6 rioters [View all]

Source: NJ.com

Updated: Feb. 23, 2024, 7:05 p.m.|Published: Feb. 23, 2024, 6:50 p.m.

A New Jersey man who once led a chapter of the Oath Keepers will not spend any time behind bars for his participation in the Jan. 6 rioting after helping federal authorities go after other members of the far-right group. James Breheny, 64, of Little Ferry, pleaded guilty in June 2023 to obstructing an official proceeding.

A federal judge in Washington, D.C. sentenced him on Friday to 36 months of probation, with the first six months served in home detention, plus $2,000 restitution, court records show. A federal prosecutor had recommended the probation and home confinement sentence, but had also suggested 120 hours of community service - which the judge did not impose.

Federal sentencing guidelines put Breheny’s possible sentence at 6 to 12 months, a prosecutor wrote in a pre-sentence report. But Breheny’s assistance to prosecutions of other Oath Keepers has been “significant,” and prosecutors argued he be spared any time behind bars.

“Such a sentence would be sufficient to reflect the seriousness of this offense while also accounting for the defendant’s early acceptance of responsibility and the substantial assistance he has provided to law enforcement pursuant to his cooperation plea agreement,” federal prosecutor Kathryn L. Rakoczy wrote.

Read more: https://www.nj.com/bergen/2024/02/no-jail-time-for-ex-oath-keeper-who-helped-feds-prosecute-other-jan-6-rioters.html

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