A New Jersey man was given a nearly three-and-a-half year prison sentence for assaulting a law enforcement officer during the January 6th insurrection at the U.S. Capitol.

Scott Kevin Fairlamb, 44, was charged in January with obstruction of an official proceeding—which was the counting of electoral votes for the 2020 election—and assaulting, resisting, or impeding certain officers. Prosecutors said that Fairlamb traveled from New Jersey to Washington, D.C., to attend the "Stop the Steal" rally.

A screengrab from a video Scott Fairlamb posted on his Facebook account during the Capitol riots.

A screengrab from a video Scott Fairlamb posted on his Facebook account during the Capitol riots.

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A screengrab from a video Scott Fairlamb posted on his Facebook account during the Capitol riots.
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According to the Department of Justice, "After arriving on Capitol grounds, Fairlamb climbed the scaffolding on the West Terrace, where he recorded and posted a video to Instagram in which he stated, 'We ain’t f****** leaving either! We ain’t f****** leaving!'"

A tipster reported to the FBI that Fairlamb said in a video posted to (and later deleted from) Facebook, while carrying a police baton, "What Patriots do? We f****** disarm them and then we storm the f****** Capitol," before entering the building. Later, Fairlamb admitted in his plea agreement, he shoved and punched a Metropolitan Police officer.

A screengrab from a video submitted to the FBI of Scott Fairlamb allegedly punching an officer on January 6th, 2020.

A screengrab from a video submitted to the FBI of Scott Fairlamb allegedly punching an officer on January 6th, 2020.

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A screengrab from a video submitted to the FBI of Scott Fairlamb allegedly punching an officer on January 6th, 2020.
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Fairlamb, a gym owner who had previously been in the news for protesting NJ Governor Phil Murphy's COVID restrictions, has been in police custody since January 22nd. He pleaded guilty to the charges in August. His sentence is the longest yet given to a January 6th insurrectionist. The Washington Post reports, "Of the 126 people who have pleaded guilty so far, only 16 have admitted to felonies, and Fairlamb is the third felon to be sentenced. The other two felons, who were not accused of violence against the police, received sentences of eight and 14 months."

"I take full responsibility for what I did," Fairlamb said during the sentencing. "That is not Scott Fairlamb. That’s not who I am. That’s not who I was raised to be. I truly regret my actions that day. I have nothing but remorse." The 44-year-old had apparently been following QAnon and was swept into the "conspiracy theory vortex" over the past decade, a friend told the Huffington Post.

Fairlamb was also ordered to pay restitution of $2,000.