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Feds Seek 8-year Prison Term for Officer Who Stormed Capitol

Demonstrators clash with US Capitol police officers while breaching the Capitol building grounds in Washington, DC, on Jan. 6, 2021.

Demonstrators clash with US Capitol police officers while breaching the Capitol building grounds in Washington, DC, on Jan. 6, 2021.

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(AP) -- Federal prosecutors are recommending an eight-year prison sentence for an off-duty Virginia police officer who was convicted by a jury of storming the U.S. Capitol to obstruct Congress from certifying President Joe Biden’s 2020 electoral victory.

Former Rocky Mount Police Sgt. Thomas Robertson used his law enforcement training to block police officers who were trying to protect the Capitol from a mob's attack on Jan. 6, 2021, prosecutors said in a court filing Thursday supporting their sentencing recommendation.