Cowboys for Trump founder sentenced to 14 days for breaching Capitol ground

A Republican member of a governing commission in New Mexico who founded a group called "Cowboys for Trump" was sentenced in federal court on Friday to 14 days in jail over his role in breaching the U.S. Capitol grounds during the Jan. 6, 2021, riot. 

But the man will get credit for the 20 days he already served in pretrial detention, and will not be required to report to prison, the judge said. He was also ordered to pay a $3,000 fine and serve 60 days of community service. 

Griffin is one of three members of the Republican-led Otero County commission that is refusing to certify June's primary election results, citing unfounded conspiracy theories about voting machines. 

Griffin was convicted in a bench trial in March of a misdemeanor count of entering and remaining on restricted grounds on Jan. 6, 2021. 

Unlike many of the more than 840 defendants in the Capitol riot cases, Griffin did not physically enter the building itself. 

At his sentencing hearing in Washington on Friday, Griffin told U.S. District Judge Trevor McFadden that his Christian faith prompted him to enter the Capitol grounds that day..

and he swore he "could be struck dead right now" when he said he truly did not know he was on restricted grounds.  

"My actions on Jan. 6 were the result of my faith," he said. "I received that message to go pray with people."  Prosecutors in the case had sought a sentence of 90 days in jail, with credit for 20 days served. 

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