Computer Geek Receives Short Prison Sentence After Capitol Riot
A self-proclaimed “computer geek” from Hoffman Estates, Tyng Jing Yang, found himself in a physical skirmish with police during the Jan. 6 Capitol riot. However, the outcome of his case took an unexpected turn as he received a significantly shorter prison sentence compared to what federal prosecutors had recommended.
Tyng Jing Yang, 61, was sentenced on Tuesday in Washington, D.C. to only six days in prison, along with two years of court-supervised probation and a small fine. This decision by Judge John D. Bates went against the government’s argument, which sought an 11-month federal prison sentence for Yang’s actions during the day of insurrection.
Yang’s Guilty Plea
Last September, Yang pleaded guilty to felony civil disorder, fully admitting to the charges against him. Prosecutors presented Capitol surveillance footage that showed Yang at the forefront of the mob, relentlessly pushing forward despite the efforts of law enforcement to halt the violent and aggressive rioters.
Defense and Apology
Representing Yang at the sentencing, attorney Paulette M. Pagán requested probation and no prison time for her client. She emphasized that Yang had taken full responsibility for his actions on Jan. 6 and expressed his remorse to law enforcement, the community, and his loved ones. Pagán described Yang as a loving father and committed husband with no prior criminal history, eager to move forward from this chapter of his life.
An Unusual Prison Stay
Yang’s prison sentence takes an unconventional form, as he will serve it intermittently over three consecutive two-day weekends. This arrangement sets his prison stay apart from the norm.
Implications of Yang’s Case
Yang’s case falls within a larger context of legal consequences following the breach of the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6, 2021. According to D.C. prosecutors, over 1,265 individuals have been charged across nearly all 50 states for crimes related to the Capitol breach. Among them, more than 440 individuals face charges for assaulting or impeding law enforcement, a felony offense.
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