Florida couple sentenced to prison for throwing a chair, spitting at cops and other Jan. 6 Capitol riot crimes

Florida couple sentenced to prison for throwing a chair, spitting at cops and other Jan. 6 Capitol riot crimes

(As originally published with additional photos, Tue, November 21st 2023, 6:48 PM EST)

WASHINGTON (TND) — A husband and wife in Florida are headed to federal prison for crimes they committed after they headed to Washington and participated in the Capitol riot on Jan. 6, 2021.

The U.S. Attorney’s Office announced Jamie Buteau, 50, was sentenced to 22 months for assaulting, resisting, or impeding certain officers. He’ll also have to serve two years of supervised release and pay restitution of $2000.

Jennifer Peck Buteau, 47, got 90 days on a misdemeanor count of parading, demonstrating, or picketing in a Capitol building.

The feds say the Buteaus, from Ocala, entered through the breached Senate Wing door and “moved with a large mob to a lobby separating the Crypt from the Capitol Visitors Center.”

Five minutes later, “the Buteaus were at the front of a mob that rushed to prevent police officers from pulling down a set of rolling doors that would have helped to secure parts of the Capitol building.

“While Jennifer Buteau and other rioters hurried to prop up the rolling doors with chairs and trashcans, Jamie Buteau went one step further; picking up a folding chair, he threw it in the direction of police, where it hit a wall and ricocheted into the arm of a U.S. Capitol Police officer.”

After that, the feds said they “walked around the Capitol Visitor Center despite the numerous and obvious signs that they should not be there. They lingered on restricted Capitol grounds for 20 to 30 minutes, all the while demeaning police officers who were trying to do their jobs.”

Florida couple sentenced to prison for throwing a chair, spitting at cops and other Jan. 6 Capitol riot crimes
Authorities say Jamie and Jennifer Buteau traveled to Washington “to protest the certification of the results of the 2020 Presidential Election,” June 23, 2021. (Marion Co. Sheriff’s Office)

Finally, “after police deployed chemical irritants to disburse the rioters, Jennifer Buteau spat twice at police officers as Jamie Buteau looked on approvingly and video-recorded that encounter on his mobile telephone.

“Jamie Buteau later climbed atop an armored police vehicle.”

The FBI arrested the pair in June 2021, and they pleaded guilty this past July 24.

According to the feds, more than 1,200 people from almost all 50 states have been charged with January 6 crimes, including more than 400 charged with assaulting or impeding law enforcement.

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