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Federal Prosecutor’s Sentencing of Ray Epps Sparks Outrage Online

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Ray Epps addressing some protesters
Source: The Hill/X

Several people have raised the alarm over the lax conviction of one Ray Epps, one of the insurrectors involved in the January 6 Capitol attack. Epps was an arrowhead in the post-election attacks on the US Capitol in 2021.

However, many believe federal prosecutors or government officials have an undeclared interest in Epps. Since the January 6 Capitol attack, well over 1,100 demonstrators have been to court. Law enforcement identified many of these demonstrators through security footage.

So far, the Department of Justice has convicted over 600 of the protesters on various counts. Some of the convictions involve decade-long incarceration. However, Epps, whom multiple footage from that day reveals to be one of the prime movers behind the Capitol attacks, received his conviction on January 2, 2024.

So, it is no surprise that Epps’s conviction raises so much dust. The DoJ’s sentence includes a maximum of six months incarceration, a full year of supervision, and a $500 fine.

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In some videos making rounds on the internet, Epps could be seen encouraging rioters to “head to the Capitol building.” On the night preceding the Capitol riots and the day of the incursion, Epps could be heard telling rioters to join the Capitol invasion. 

Before Epps’s conviction, there had been widespread rumors that the man was a federal agent, paid to steer up the insurrection. Likewise, the fact that it took so long to obtain Epps’s prosecution further made the rumor believable.

Ray Epps, who happens to be a 62-year-old ex-marine, was charged to court in September. His indictment dragged for so long that it is safe to assume it would not have happened without a public outcry. Epps’s participation could not be covered up, as he shows up in much of the J6 footage.

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Unfortunately, unlike many other J6 protesters, Epps bagged a single count charge of disorderly conduct. Julie Kelly is one of the first persons to call out the disparity in the J6 charges by the Department of Justice. Kelly, a reporter for American Greatness, went on X to point out the mildness of Epps’s charges and conviction.

Another user on X, Ryan Fournier, posted, “How does someone like Ray Epps… who is on camera asking people to raid the Capitol Building, just a year of probation and a $500 fine?!”

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Kelly quickly pointed out the inconsistency of Epps’s charges relative to less-involved protesters in the J6 incursion. According to her, “This lame single charge tells us everything we need to know about Ray Epps. No obstruction felony? No civil disorder charge? Not even a trespassing on restricted grounds misdemeanor?” she wrote.

According to the court documents made available by DoJ, Epps “cooperated with the FBI and Congress and attempted to de-escalate the conflict.” The memo also mentions that Ray Epps is a victim of multiple conspiracy theories. In addition, it points out that Epps is not a government agent or employee besides his service in the US Marines between 1979 and 1983.

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