Biden admin delivers longest J6 riot sentence to black man despite 'equity' focus

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In the latest sentencing of a January 6 defendant, a 56-year-old black man has been sentenced to five years and three months in prison, tying for the longest sentence handed down for actions connected to the day yet.

Mark Ponder, a DC resident and, according to the Daily Caller, a former constituent services coordinator for the DC city council, plead guilty in April to attacking three police officers with poles.

His sentence is tied with fellow January 6 defendant Robert Scott Palmer for the longest sentences handed down yet in connection to the January 6, 2021 riot at the Capitol building.

Ponder had initially been indicted on 12 counts, including obstruction of law enforcement, civil disorder, and obstruction of an official proceeding.

In April, Ponder plead guilty to one count of Assaulting, Resisting, or Impeding Certain Officers Using a Dangerous Weapon, according to his plea agreement. He has been sentenced to 63 months in prison, three years of supervised release, and $2,000 in restitution.

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