Prosecutors recommend house arrest for Omaha man's part in Capitol attack

(Washington D.C.) -- A sentence is recommended by federal prosecutors for an Omaha man for his part in the January 6th attack on the U.S. Capitol.

Federal Prosecutors are recommending that Brandon Straka be sentenced to four months home detention and three years probation for his role in the 2021 attack. They also want to have him serve at least 60 hours of community service and pay $500 restitution. Straka had previously pleaded guilty to engaging in disorderly and disruptive conduct.

A judge in the case described Straka as a social media influencer, who live-streamed his participation in the attack. The judge noted that Straka encouraged and celebrated the actions that day, but did not personally engage in violence or property destruction. During a pre-sentencing interview with U.S. probation, Straka was described as having remorse for his actions and said, “if he could back in time, he would never have gone to Washington, D.C.” He described his conduct on Jan. 6 as “one of the stupidest and tragic decisions of his life.”

Straka is also named in a separate case with 34 other people and organizations including former President Trump, the Trump campaign, Stop the Steal organization, Roger Stone, and Proud Boys. That lawsuit was filed on behalf of seven U.S. Capitol Police officers seeking compensatory damages. The outcome of that case will be determined by a jury.

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