Edward McAlanis, from Lancaster County, says he was fired for his part in the January 6, 2021 riots. The revelation came to light during McAlanis’ sentencing hearing on Tuesday. He previously pleaded guilty to one count of marching, protesting or selling picnic goods on the US Capitol.
His sentence, given by Judge Dabney Friedrich, was six months of probation, $500 in restitution, and 60 hours of community service. Three other charges against him were dropped in exchange for a guilty plea.
His case and conviction highlight the significant personal cost to the offenders on January 6. In court hearings over the past year, other rioters have told magistrates about the crime. lost access to their bank accounts, lost contact with family members and, in some cases, moved to new states because of allegations they faced related to the uprising.
“It was just a bad day in many respects,” McAlanis told the judge Tuesday. “Back, I wish I could take it back, but I can’t.”
During sentencing, his attorney Frank Sluzis told the court that McAlanis had faced serious consequences for his role in the Capitol attack. Sluzis said his client was fired from a “high-paying” job in the financial services sector after his arrest and is now working part-time as a pizza delivery driver. Lawyers argued that this had a positive effect on Friedrich’s sentencing decision.
The government has recommended 60 days of home detention and three years of probation after conviction.
Friedrich said that McAlanis’ role was “minimal” compared to other rioters and that he appeared “really remorseful”, but still “played a role in undermining our democratic system.” ” Finally, she wished him luck.