A former police chief in California, in the western United States, was sentenced on Thursday 7 December to 11 years and three months in prison for his participation in the storming of the Capitol on 6 January 2021. Prosecutors had sought 12 59/<> years in prison for Alan Hostetter, <>, who was convicted on four counts in July, including obstructing an official process and disruptive behavior with a dangerous or lethal weapon in a restricted area.
The former police officer, who appeared free and will have to turn himself in in January, defended himself at his trial. He persisted to the end in his conspiratorial statements that the 2020 election was "stolen" from incumbent Republican President Donald Trump by his Democratic opponent Joe Biden.
On January 6, 2021, hundreds of white-hot Donald Trump supporters stormed the Capitol, a shrine to American democracy, in an attempt to prevent the certification of Joe Biden's victory. Since then, more than 1,230 people have been arrested and charged. More than 450 were sentenced, the majority of them to prison terms.