HomeUSAJudge Sentences Former Sailor Inspired by Hitler and US Terrorists for Storming...

Judge Sentences Former Sailor Inspired by Hitler and US Terrorists for Storming the Capitol

Published on

Weekly Newsletter

To be updated with all the latest news, offers and special announcements.

A former Navy reservist who told an undercover FBI agent that he was inspired by the Unabomber and admired Adolf Hitler was sentenced to four years in prison for his part in storming the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6, 2021.

A federal judge sentenced Hatchet Speed to 48 months of jail on several charges stemming from his part in breaching the Capitol, as well as three more years of supervised release and a $10,000 fine. Speed has also been sentenced to three years for firearms offenses tied to his possession of unregistered silencers.

Speed was also a petty officer 1st class and a cryptologic technician in the Navy Reserve. According to Navy records provided to Military.com in June, when Speed was arrested on the original Jan. 6-related charges, the sailor had been assigned to several prominent commands in the Washington, D.C., area, including the Navy Criminal Investigative Service headquarters and the Naval Warfare Space Field Activity at the National Reconnaissance Office. The NRO is responsible for developing, launching and operating America’s spy satellites.

Read Next: Vermont Bans Owning, Running Paramilitary Training Camps

Court documents say he held a Top Secret clearance and had access to “Sensitive Compartmented Information” — the most restrictive documents in the national security environment.

Navy spokeswoman Lt. Alyson Hands told Military.com that Speed’s enlistment contract expired in November 2022.

In court records, investigators said that Speed told an undercover FBI agent in March 2022 that he was inspired by and sympathized with Eric Rudolph — the man responsible for the deadly bombing during the 1996 Summer Olympics in Atlanta and a years-long bombing spree in Georgia — and Ted Kaczynski, also known as the Unabomber.

Speed explained to the undercover agent that “it’s useful to get into these people’s heads and, you know, try and come up with a better game plan than they had.”

The sailor also had praise for both Hitler and the approach Islamic extremists took in accomplishing their goals. In a meeting April 7, Speed said Hitler was “one of the best people that’s ever been on this earth.”

In arguing for the four-year jail sentence, prosecutors noted that, unlike other military veterans who were prosecuted for their role in the Jan. 6 riot, Speed expressed no remorse for his actions.

Citing the judge in his weapons case, prosecutors noted that Speed’s actions were “the most heinous betrayal of everything he pledged to defend by joining and serving in the military.”

“Speed’s conduct on January 6 was one step on a disturbing path toward racially motivated criminal conduct — that ultimately featured plans for the kidnapping and mass murder of civilians,” prosecutors argued.

Speed’s lawyers argued for a six-month sentence and said that the sailor “entered the Capitol on January 6 to support the six senators who intended to lodge objections to the certification of the electoral vote” and that “his goal was to show support for those senators, but not to stop the process altogether.”

The sentencing memo from Speed also cited his Mormon upbringing and a description of his character “as caring, contemplative, and compassionate as well as curious, well-read, and respectful” from friends and family.

— Konstantin Toropin can be reached at [email protected]. Follow him on Twitter @ktoropin.

Related: Reservist Inspired by the Unabomber Gets Felony Gun Crimes Added to His Jan. 6 Charges

Show Full Article



Read the full article here

Latest articles

TFB Review: The Modernized Browning A5 With An XS Sights Vent Rib

TFB Review: The Modernized Browning A5 With An XS Sights Vent Rib Designed in 1898...

Armed Citizen Aids Pennsylvania Officer Who Came Under Fire

You'd think a licensed concealed carry holder coming to the defense of a police...

How to Prepare for Disaster as a Family

Prepping as a lone wolf is a much different experience than prepping with a...

Will Support for Gun Control Derail Republican Congressman in TX-23 Primary? Follow the Results Here.

The bruising primary fight between Rep. Tony Gonzales and challenger Brandon Herrera is over,...

More like this

Negotiations For The Global Pandemic Treaty Have Broken Down, But Fear Of What Is Next May Revive Them

This article was originally published by Michael Snyder at The End of the American...

The Backpacking Luxury Item We Can’t Leave Behind: REI Co-op Flexlite Air Chair Review

I get it. Sometimes, it’s hard to justify packing a camp chair on a...

Daniel Defense Stands Firm Against Lawsuit

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7qppBhZw0MI On the second anniversary of the...

Tow Big or Go Home: 2024 Ford F-250 Super Duty Review

Towing is hard. I know I’m going to take some heat for that, especially...

Virginian Hit With Fine, No Prison Time for Bringing Ammo to Turks and Caicos

A Virginia man has become the second American to avoid a lengthy prison stay...