A Long Island DJ who caught himself smoking weed while storming the Capitol on Jan. 6 was sentenced Thursday to three years and five months in prison.
Greg Rubenacker, 26, in February pleaded guilty to all 10 charges he faced for his involvement in the riot – including civil disorder and physical violence on Capitol grounds.
At a federal court hearing in Washington, DC, Chief Justice Beryl Howell sentenced the Farmingdale man to 41 months in prison followed by three years of supervised release and a $2,000 fine in redress, prosecutors said.
During the riot, Rubenacker recorded videos on Snapchat, including a video of himself puffing on a marijuana joint and declaring, “Smoke out the Capitol, baby,” prosecutors said.
“That’s history! We took the Capitol,” he proudly declared in another.
When Rubenacker was in the Capitol Building’s rotunda, he lit the joint and later defied officers who were trying to force the rioters out of the area, officials say.
Rubenacker swung a plastic water bottle at an officer’s head and then sprayed water from the bottle at police officers before being pepper sprayed along with the other rioters, authorities said.
He was arrested three days later, on January 9th.
Rubenacker’s attorney, Michael Matera, told the Post over the phone: “We are disappointed with the judgment Mr. Rubenacker received today and look forward to pursuing any appeal possible.”
https://nypost.com/2022/05/26/ny-dj-who-smoked-pot-during-capitol-riot-sentenced-to-3-years/ New York DJ sentenced to 3 years for smoking pot during Capitol riot