DOJ seeks 6.5 years in prison for Jan. 6 rioter who described himself as 'Hitler on steroids' and posted a meme with the caption: 'I rushed the Capitol. Hi Feds'

DOJ seeks 6.5 years in prison for Jan. 6 rioter who described himself as 'Hitler on steroids' and posted a meme with the caption: 'I rushed the Capitol. Hi Feds'
William Rogan Reid outside the Capitol on January 6.
William Rogan Reid outside the Capitol on January 6.Department of Justice
  • Prosecutors are recommending 6.5 years in prison for a Florida man convicted of Jan. 6-related crimes.

  • William Rogan Reid was found guilty in August of multiple felonies and misdemeanors related to the siege.

  • Reid showed "absolutely no remorse" in the aftermath of the attack, according to prosecutors.

A Florida man who spent months bragging about his role in the January 6 Capitol attack and claimed to love "the fact that the feds are after my ass" could spend more than six years in prison.

William Rogan Reid, 37, was convicted in August on several felony and misdemeanor charges related to the insurrection, including obstruction of an official proceeding and altering, destroying, mutilating, or concealing a record.

Prosecutors say Reid was at the forefront of the Capitol breach and among the first rioters to enter the building through a broken window on Jan. 6. Once inside, Reid damaged a television and watercooler before fleeing the building after Ashli Babbitt was shot, according to court documents.

 

In a Monday court filing, prosecutors recommended that Reid spend 78 months in prison in prison — a sentence that would fall "in the middle" of sentencing guidelines for his crimes. NBC News reporter Ryan J. Reilly was first to report the memo.

In the aftermath of the attack, Reid showed "absolutely no remorse," prosecutors said, and instead boasted about the "inspiring" riot and promised that he had "just gotten started." In a social media post, he said he would "never forget the fear he saw in the officer's eyes," on Jan. 6, claiming that the memory "fuels me now," according to the sentencing memo.

Reid continued to spew hateful rhetoric on Discord and Instagram, expressing a desire to kill minorities, according to court documents. He described himself as "Hitler on steroids" and threatened to "kill 'em all" because "they all deserve to die," prosecutors said.

In online posts, Reid also goaded federal investigators, promising in a January 12 post that he would not "sit behind bars for standing up for our rights" and saying "they'll have to kill me," according to court documents.

"I rushed the Capitol. Hi Feds," he posted alongside a meme that read: "I'll fuckin do it again," per court records.

Authorities ultimately arrested William Rogan Reid on April 1, 2021 — the same day he told his Discord followers that he wanted to stage an April fools joke on the FBI. He later admitted that he disabled and hid his cellphone after authorities arrived in an effort to impair their investigation.

In a separate Monday sentencing memo, a defense attorney for Reid suggested that prosecutors' 78-month sentencing suggestion is excessive, recommending instead that her client get 15-21 months incarceration.

The lawyer said Reid has "accepted full responsibility" for his conduct on January 6, 2021, and has admitted that he had "no business" entering the building.

"He has admitted that while at the Capitol and afterward, he posted divisive and incendiary comments online," the attorney wrote. "Finally, he has admitted that the persona that he had created on social media does not reflect what his core beliefs are, who he is, and who he strives to be."

Reid is set to be sentenced next month. At least 955 people have been arrested in connection to the attack thus far and more than 450 people have pleaded guilty.

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