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Glenshaw man sentenced for participating in Jan. 6 riots

A Pennsylvania man was sentenced Wednesday to five years in prison after being convicted of assault and other charges related to the Jan. 6, 2021 riot at the U.S. Capitol.

Prosecutors say Robert Morss, of Glenshaw, Allegheny Conuty, dressed in fatigues and tried to take a baton from an officer, and stole a riot shield from another, while working to organize members of the crowd to push past Capitol guards. He yelled to officers: “Take a look around. We are going to take our Capitol back,” prosecutors say.

An attorney for Morss, 29, declined to comment after his sentencing. His lawyer, Nick Smith, noted in court documents that his client saw three tours of duty in Afghanistan as a member of the Army and has already served two years behind bars. Morss alleges he was abused by guards in jail.

“This case has already turned Morss’s life upside down. The government’s suggestion that these heavy blows are insufficient to deter the one-time, situational crimes Morss committed is nonsense,” Smith wrote.

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