Baked Alaska is sentenced to 60 days in prison for his actions in January 6 Capitol riot

Far-right personality ‘Baked Alaska’ claims two-month prison sentence for his actions at Capitol riot is ‘a win’ and says he plans to write a book behind bars – after judge slammed his behavior as ‘pretty shocking’

  • Anthime Gionet, 35, was sentenced to 60 days behind bars on Tuesday
  • Far-right influencer is better known to social media followers as ‘Baked Alaska’
  • He pleaded guilty in July to misdemeanor count of demonstrating inside Capitol
  • Gionet said he has no regrets and plans to write a book behind bars 

The far-right influencer known as ‘Baked Alaska,’ who streamed live video while he stormed the US Capitol, has been sentenced to two months behind bars for joining the mob’s attack on the building.

Anthime Gionet, 35, declined to address the court at Tuesday’s hearing in Washington DC, where US District Judge Trevor McFadden sentenced him to 60 days in prison followed by two years of probation.  

But after the hearing, where McFadden slammed Gionet’s conduct as ‘pretty shocking,’ the defendant boasted to reporters that he had no regrets, saying he planned to write a book behind bars. 

Gionet incriminated himself and other rioters with the video he streamed to a live audience of roughly 16,000 followers. The 27-minute video showed him saying ‘unleash the Kraken, let’s go!’ and encouraging other rioters to stay in the Capitol.

Anthime "Baked Alaska" Gionet, who livestreamed himself storming the US Capitol in the January 6 riot, arrives at his sentencing hearing in Washington DC on Tuesday

Anthime ‘Baked Alaska’ Gionet, who livestreamed himself storming the US Capitol in the January 6 riot, arrives at his sentencing hearing in Washington DC on Tuesday 

Gionet incriminated himself and other rioters with the video that he streamed to a live audience of roughly 16,000 followers from inside the Capitol

Gionet incriminated himself and other rioters with the video that he streamed to a live audience of roughly 16,000 followers from inside the Capitol 

‘You did everything you could to publicize your misconduct,’ the judge told Gionet. ‘You were there encouraging and participating fully in what was going on.’

The judge allowed Gionet to remain free until he must report to prison. After his sentencing, Gionet told reporters that he views his sentence as a ‘win’ and said he plans to write a book while in jail.

Despite his guilty plea, Gionet said he didn’t think he was breaking the law on January 6, 2021 and doesn’t regret being at the Capitol.

‘I have grown immense amounts,’ he said outside the courthouse. ‘But I still hold firm that I was there because I believe the election was fraudulent, and I believe people should have a right to speak freely as long as they are being peaceful.’

Inside an office for Democratic Senator Jeff Merkley, Gionet filmed himself picking up a telephone and pretending to report ‘a fraudulent election,’ parroting former President Donald Trump’s baseless claim that the 2020 election was stolen from him.

‘We need to get our boy, Donald J. Trump, into office,’ Gionet added.

Inside an office for Democratic Senator Jeff Merkley, Gionet filmed himself picking up a telephone and pretending to report 'a fraudulent election'

Inside an office for Democratic Senator Jeff Merkley, Gionet filmed himself picking up a telephone and pretending to report ‘a fraudulent election’ 

Gionet joined others in chanting, ‘Patriots are in control!’ and ‘Whose house? Our house!’ Before leaving, he profanely called a Capitol police officer an ‘oathbreaker.’

Gionet pleaded guilty in July to a misdemeanor count of parading, demonstrating or picketing inside a Capitol building.

Gionet had faced a maximum of six months of imprisonment under federal guidelines. Prosecutors had recommended sentencing Gionet to 75 days of incarceration, three years’ probation and 60 hours of community service.

Gionet previously worked at BuzzFeed before he used social media videos to become an influential figure in far-right political circles. 

He was scheduled to speak at the white nationalist ‘Unite the Right’ rally in 2017 before it erupted in violence on the streets of Charlottesville, Virginia.

U.S. District Judge Emmet Sullivan originally was scheduled to sentence Gionet. 

Sullivan recently withdrew from Gionet’s case and several others for reasons that aren’t specified in court filings, although he took ‘senior status’ and retired from full-time duty nearly two years ago.

Anthime "Baked Alaska" Gionet arrives for his sentencing with an iced drink from Starbucks

Anthime ‘Baked Alaska’ Gionet arrives for his sentencing with an iced drink from Starbucks

Despite his guilty plea, Gionet told reporters he didn't think he was breaking the law on January 6, 2021 and doesn't regret being at the Capitol

Despite his guilty plea, Gionet told reporters he didn’t think he was breaking the law on January 6, 2021 and doesn’t regret being at the Capitol 

Gionet celebrated online when his case was reassigned to McFadden, a Trump nominee. 

On a live stream, Gionet praised McFadden as ‘a very awesome judge who is a pro-Trump judge and one of the judges that let one of the guys off innocent in his trial.’

McFadden acquitted a New Mexico man, Matthew Martin, of riot-related charges in April 2022 after hearing trial testimony without a jury. Martin is the only January 6 defendant who has been acquitted of all charges after a trial.

More than 900 people have been charged with federal crimes related to January 6. 

Nearly 500 of them have pleaded guilty, mostly to misdemeanor offenses, and over 350 of them have been sentenced.

Federal authorities have used Gionet´s video to prosecute other rioters, including three men from New York City. 

Antonio Ferrigno, Francis Connor and Anton Lunyk pleaded guilty last year and were sentenced to home confinement. Gionet´s livestream showed them in Merkley´s office.

Defense attorney Zachary Thornley argued in a court filing that Gionet ‘never crossed the line from being a protestor to a rioter.’ Thornley described his client as ‘sort of a guerrilla journalist.’

‘He was there to document. That’s what he does,’ the lawyer told the judge.

Federal prosecutors said in a court filing (part of which is above) that Gionet had recorded a 27-minute live video of himself inside the Capitol

Federal prosecutors said in a court filing (part of which is above) that Gionet had recorded a 27-minute live video of himself inside the Capitol

McFadden also ordered Gionet to pay a $2,000 fine and $500 in restitution. The judge said the January 6 riot was the 'culmination of a petty crime spree' by Gionet

McFadden also ordered Gionet to pay a $2,000 fine and $500 in restitution. The judge said the January 6 riot was the ‘culmination of a petty crime spree’ by Gionet 

Many internet platforms, including Twitter, suspended Gionet´s accounts before January 6. 

At the Capitol, he was livestreaming video using a fringe service called DLive. He told authorities that viewers paid him $2,000 for his livestreams on January 5 and January 6.

Under Elon Musk’s ownership, Twitter has reinstated accounts belonging to Gionet and other far-right figures.

Gionet, who grew up in Anchorage, Alaska, was arrested in Houston less than two weeks after the riot and jailed for five days. He moved from Arizona to Florida after his release on bond.

McFadden also ordered Gionet to pay a $2,000 fine and $500 in restitution. The judge said the January 6 riot was the ‘culmination of a petty crime spree’ by Gionet.

Gionet was previously sentenced to 30 days in jail for misdemeanor convictions stemming from a December 2020 encounter in which authorities say he shot pepper spray at an employee at a bar in Scottsdale, Arizona. 

Gionet also was convicted of a criminal damage charge and fined $300 for damaging a Hanukkah display in December 2020 outside the Arizona Capitol.

McFadden noted that Gionet recorded his crimes to drum up social media followers and money.

‘That is a very disturbing vocation, sir,’ the judge told him.

‘Without him going to prison, he won’t stop what he’s going,’ Assistant U.S. Attorney Anthony Franks said.

Gionet initially balked at pleading guilty to the January 6 charge during an earlier hearing. 

Sullivan refused to accept a guilty plea by Gionet in May after he professed his innocence at the start of what was scheduled to be a plea agreement hearing.

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