by Alex Lloyd Gross
Zachary Rehl of Port Richmond was sentenced to 17 years in Federal Prison for his role in the January 6 2021 insurrection at the United States Capitol. He sprayed law enforcement with chemical agents, and lead other people in the attack, officials said. Once inside the Capitol, he entered a senators office and lit up a cigarette.
Prosecutors wanted Rehl to do at least 30 years but that sentence cut almost in half by judge Tomothy Kelly. Rehl was charged with seditious conspiracy and other offenses. He later expressed pride for his role in text messages to family members.
To date, over 1100 people have been arrested in connection with the insurrection. Some have gotten probation, while others get significant prison sentences. They gathered to try to stop the certification of the 2020 Presidential Election.Former President Donald Trump has also been indicted in this matter.