Pastor, Son, and Parishioner from Brevard County Sentenced to Prison for Capitol Entry on Jan. 6

Florida Pastor and Congregation Members Sentenced for Their Involvement in Capitol Riot

Three individuals from Brevard County, Florida, including a pastor, his son, and a member of their church congregation, have been sentenced to prison for their participation in the U.S. Capitol riot on January 6, 2021.

Arrest and Guilty Verdict

James Cusick, 74, and his son Casey, 38, were arrested by the FBI in June of 2021. Also arrested was David Lesperance, 71, a member of their congregation at Global Outreach Church of Melbourne. They were recently found guilty in July on charges of entering a restricted building, disorderly conduct inside a restricted building and the Capitol, and parading or demonstrating inside the Capitol.


Federal prosecutors had requested a judge to sentence them to several months in prison, while their defense attorney sought a probated sentence. During the court hearing on Thursday, Judge John D. Bates sentenced all three men to 10 days in prison, which will be followed by 24 months of supervised release. Additionally, they have been ordered to pay a $3,000 fine and $500 in restitution.


The sentencing of the Brevard County pastor, his son, and a congregant from the Global Outreach Church of Melbourne marks an important step in holding individuals accountable for their actions during the U.S. Capitol riot. The court’s decision serves as a reminder that participation in such unlawful events can lead to serious consequences, including imprisonment and financial penalties.

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