You might remember Robert Palmer as the joker who wore the red, white, and blue Trump jacket while assaulting police officers with a fire extinguisher during the mayhem of the January 6th riot at the U.S. Capitol. Well, after bawling his eyes out when he pled guilty back in October he will soon have more reasons to cry, as the Department of Justice has asked for the stiffest sentence yet for one of these sad sacks.
WASHINGTON — The Justice Department said Friday a Tampa man should serve 63 months in prison for assaulting police on January 6 in the government’s highest sentencing recommendation to date in a Capitol riot case.
Prosecutors said Robert Scott Palmer, who traveled from Florida to attend former President Donald Trump’s “Stop the Steal” rally, repeatedly assaulted police attempting to defend the U.S. Capitol Building from a pro-Trump mob by throwing a wooden plank and a fire extinguisher at them.
“Palmer then rooted around for additional materials with which to assault the police, including throwing the fire extinguisher a second time,” the Justice Department wrote in its memo.
Palmer didn’t stop there, they said. Afterward, he spoke to a reporter and admitted his goal was to “subvert a democratic election and that he hoped for military intervention to overturn the election.” He also posted statements on the Internet “falsely claiming that his actions on January 6 were purely defensive.”
Palmer will be sentenced on December 17.