JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – The federal government is recommending a five-month prison sentence for a Nassau County man accused of leading a mob during the Capitol riot on Jan. 6.
According to a detailed sentencing memorandum released Tuesday, Jeffrey Register of Fernandina Beach led a mob of insurrectionists to the Speaker’s lobby where Ashli Babbitt was shot and killed.
The memorandum paints a minute-by-minute description of Register’s movements after he entered the Capitol, saying he intended to block the certification of Joe Biden as President of the United States.
In video screengrabs, the government showed how Register wandered away from the main mob, found the weakly-guarded hallway to the Speaker’s lobby and led to mob toward the barricaded doorway.
The government said Register heard the gunshot that killed Babbitt, and only then did he decide he had to leave the Capitol. The government accused Register of resetting his phone to eliminate evidence of his communications, and when he got back home he allegedly joked with his father about being a “Capitol insurrectionist.”
The government said Register’s “conduct is among the most aggravated among misdemeanants charged with offense relating to the Capitol riot,” and should serve prison time because of his obstructive conduct, lying to the FBI and lack of early remorse.
Out of eight Northeast Florida residents accused in the Capitol riot, only Register is currently facing jail time.
Register pleaded guilty in October to demonstrating in the Capitol and is due to be sentenced on Jan. 18.
He was charged with unlawful entry, disorderly conduct on restricted grounds and violent entry onto Capitol grounds -- all misdemeanors.