South Jersey Dating Coach Gets 4 Years for Role in Capitol Riots

A New Jersey man who is in the business of providing dating advice to other men has been sentenced on felony and misdemeanor charges related to the riots at the Capitol on Jan. 6, 2021.

Patrick Alonzo Stedman, 35, was sentenced by a judge on Friday to 48 months in prison, 36 months of supervised release, and ordered to pay $2,000 in restitution and a $20,000 fine, according to a statement from the U.S. Attorney’s Office in the District of Columbia.

Stedman’s “actions and the actions of others disrupted a joint session of the U.S. Congress convened to ascertain and count the electoral votes related to the 2020 presidential election,” said the statement, adding that there are various photos and videos that showcase his activity that day.

Stedman “used his substantial online presence” to encourage others to appear at the Capitol on January 6, telling them the night before in his own words on video that: “Now we FIGHT!” the statement noted. 

“Stedman said he was in the ‘first wave’ that ‘climbed up the back part of the Capitol building’ and ‘broke down the doors,” the U.S. Attorney’s Office said in its release.

“Along with two of his followers, Stedman illegally entered the U.S. Capitol



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