Victorville gym owner sentenced to 2 years probation after storming US Capitol – San Bernardino Sun

A Victorville man seen storming the Capitol building along with thousands of other supporters of former President Donald Trump was sentenced to two years probation and community service last week.

Jacob Lewis, 38, who owned a fitness center in Victorville that resisted statewide closing orders during the COVID-19 pandemic, agreed to plead guilty in January to a charge of offense of marching, demonstrating or picketing inside the Capitol.

Prosecutors dropped several other charges, including violent entry into the Capitol and disorderly conduct in a restricted building, following the deal.

Lewis could have been sentenced to six months in prison and five years probation on the picketing charge alone. According to court documents, a judge sentenced him to just 24 months probation, 60 hours of community service, a $3,000 fine and $500 restitution.

Lewis owned The Gym in Victorville. In May 2020, he said on his Instagram account that he was refusing to shut down, in defiance of Governor Gavin Newsom’s orders to shut down non-essential businesses amid a surge of coronavirus infections.

On January 6, 2021, Lewis posted images to Instagram from inside the Capitol building. Security camera footage showed Lewis being pinned down with hundreds of others as they drove through it.

The FBI contacted him a few days later, after a friend of Lewis’s sent them a tip about his involvement in the attack on the Capitol, including information indicating he knew what might happen on Jan. 6.

According to court documents, the friend told the FBI that in a conversation in December 2020, Lewis told them, “look what’s happening at the Capitol on the 6th.”

Lewis agreed to an interview with the FBI on January 15. He told officers he had not participated in any violence, saying “members of Antifa” were the ones agitating among the crowds to attack the police.

Claims that anti-fascist groups were in the crowd overwhelmingly made up of Trump supporters turned out to be wrong several times. Federal investigators said many members of the mob were either directly linked to far-right groups or encouraged to commit acts of violence by them.

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