‘Loudmouth’ Capitol rioter who said elected officials were ‘all going to be executed’ sentenced to 4 years in prison

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Matthew Bledsoe at the Capitol on Jan. 6.
Matthew Bledsoe at the Capitol on Jan. 6.

A self-described “loudmouth” who tried to convince a judge and jury that he didn’t know Congress was certifying the 2020 election as a pro-Trump mob descended on the building on January 6, 2021, was sentenced to four years in prison on Friday.

Matthew Bledsoe, of Memphis, Tennessee, was the seventh Capitol riot defendant to face a jury trial earlier this year, in which he mounted a failed defense claiming he was ignorant of the congressional proceedings on the day he joined a mob of thousands of other Trump supporters in storming the US Capitol.

The 38-year-old feigned ignorance throughout the trial, despite evidence showing that Bledsoe’s wife and brother had texted him updates about what was happening inside the Capitol on January 6, 2021. In July, a jury convicted Bledsoe on one felony count of obstruction and four misdemeanors, including entering or remaining in a restricted building and disorderly conduct.

On Friday, US District Judge Beryl Howell sentenced Bledsoe to four years in prison on the obstruction charge, as well as multiple 12- and six-month terms on the other counts. All his sentences are to run concurrently, the judge said. Bledsoe will also have to serve three years of supervised release and pay $4,000 in restitution and fines.

Ahead of sentencing, Howell once again cast doubt on Bledsoe’s prior defense, telling him:”You knew what was going on,” according to NBC News.

Much of the evidence against Bledsoe came from his own social media accounts and recordings on January 6, 2021. Bledsoe filmed himself as he entered the Capitol through a broken window in a door as alarm bells rang. 

“Where’s those pieces of shits at?” Bledsoe can be heard saying in the video.

During his trial, prosecutors asked Bledsoe who exactly he was referring to in the clip. He told the courtroom that he was simply being a “loudmouth” and tried to argue that the “pieces of shits” were not in reference to elected officials, but to people responsible for “stealing” the election, NBC News reported at the time. 


Prosecutors during the trial also highlighted some of Bledsoe’s texts on January 6, including one in which his wife alerted him to a bomb threat near the Capitol building and he responded “good,” according to The Commercial Appeal.

During sentencing, Howell raised further concern over another text on January 10, 2021, in which Bledsoe wrote to his wife saying he believed politicians would soon die, the outlet reported.   

“They’re all going to be executed,” Bledsoe reportedly wrote.

An attorney for Bledsoe did not immediately respond to Insider’s request for comment regarding his sentence.

More than 900 people have been arrested on Capitol riot charges and more than 400 have pleaded guilty thus far. 

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