Wolcott man gets nearly 4 years prison for Jan. 6 riot activities at Capitol

By Guy Page

Nicholas Languerand, 26, formerly of Wolcott, is the first person known to have Vermont connections to be sentenced for taking part in the Jan. 6 breach of the U.S. Capitol.

Languerand received a three year, eight-month sentence to federal prison for assaulting law enforcement during the Jan. 6 breach of the U.S. Capitol, according to a statement issued Wednesday, Jan. 26 by the U.S. Attorney in South Carolina. He will get credit for several months’ time served.

Languerand selfie/U.S. Department of Justice

U.S. Department of Justice used selfies such as this one taken by Nicholas Languerand as partial evidence of his activities in the Jan. 6, 2021 riot at the U.S. Capitol.

According to a WBTW review of court documents, Languerand was present, took photos, and posted a (literally) blow by blow account of the interaction between protesters and Capitol police.

Wolcott is a rural, poverty-stricken Lamoille County town, at least compared to its neighbors Morristown and Hyde Park. According to a CBS account, family members testified Languerand overcame serious childhood challenges to acquire his high school diploma, and served in the military.

He assaulted law enforcement with a dangerous weapon “during the breach of the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6, 2021, which disrupted a joint session of the U.S. Congress that was in the process of ascertaining and counting the electoral votes related to the presidential election,” the statement said.

According to court documents, Languerand, 26, most recently of Little River, South Carolina, was among rioters standing near the archway leading from the Lower West Terrace to the interior of the Capitol. Between 4:50 and 5 p.m., he threw various objects at officers with the U.S. Capitol Police and Metropolitan Police Department, including an orange traffic barrier and two stick-like objects. The officers were protecting the Lower West Terrace entrance. Based on the size and weight of the objects, as well as the speed and force with which Languerand threw them, the items were capable of inflicting serious bodily injury. Additionally, at about 5 p.m., Languerand took possession of a police riot shield, struck it against the ground, and then held it in front of him as he confronted police.

At the time of the Capitol breach, Languerand was residing in Wolcott, Vermont. He later moved to South Carolina, where he was arrested on April 15. He pleaded guilty on Nov. 3, in the District of Columbia, to assaulting, resisting, or impeding officers with a dangerous weapon. In addition to the prison term, Judge John D. Bates ordered Languerand to pay $2,000 in restitution. He also must serve a period of two years of supervised release following completion of his prison term. He additionally was ordered to perform 60 hours of community service.

The case was prosecuted by the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Columbia and the Department of Justice National Security Division’s Counterterrorism Section. Valuable assistance was provided by the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of South Carolina. The case was investigated by the FBI’s Washington and Columbia, South Carolina Field Offices. Valuable assistance was provided by the U.S. Capitol Police and the Metropolitan Police Department.

In the one year since Jan. 6, more than 725 individuals have been arrested in nearly all 50 states for crimes related to the breach of the U.S. Capitol, including over 225 individuals charged with assaulting or impeding law enforcement. The investigation remains ongoing.

Anyone with tips can call 1-800-CALL-FBI (800-225-5324) or visit tips.fbi.gov. Most information above came from a US Attorney’s Office, District of South Carolina Press Release.

Guy Page is publisher of the Vermont Daily Chronicle. Reprinted with permission.

Image courtesy of Languerand selfie/U.S. Department of Justice
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25 thoughts on “Wolcott man gets nearly 4 years prison for Jan. 6 riot activities at Capitol

  1. The Thing with Mrs. Babbit is, She was an Ex-Military person, She wasn’t violent, she didn’t attack any officer, she was just standing there
    It has been proven that the DC police were letting people in, that they stood back and watch as the violence increased. There are videos of the DC police attacking people who weren’t doing anything, a matter of fact a lot of these people were leaving on their own but were attacked by DC police.

    A lot of these rioters were paid to attack. They were dressed in Trump shirts and hats.. The left blamed Pres Trump for this. Yet the attack started way before The people marched down to the Congress building. Yet they left didn’t reveal that.

    Far as I’m concerned this was planned by the far left just like the rigged election. The democrats want to destroy our country and take control. The thing is the far left pick and chooses who they arrest and turn a blind eye to others…plain and simple. They want us to shut up and do what they tell us to do. !!! Look at all the riots there is a lot by the BLM groups. Cities they have destroyed, taken over, the smash and grab they do and nothing is done. They should be arrested and sent to prison for a number of yrs.

  2. I actually have a good deal of respect for Mr. Languerand who had the courage to accept responsibility for his actions and plead guilty on November 3 to assaulting, resisting or impeding officers with a dangerous weapon. My sincere hope is that he is able to turn around what had become a troubled life and lead a productive and happier life after paying his debt to society.

  3. One of the most important lessons I ever learned came from my Republican accountant father who worked on government contracts for G.E.
    In 1968 was back home for the holidays after starting my freshman year in college. At the dinner table we got into a discussion regarding the cost of the Vietnam War. I gave a figure he did not think was right. The upshot of which was we spent the next day, at his request, in the public library going through the federal budget. He, as usual when it came to figures, was correct. However, my father said that was not the point.

    “What is important”, he said “is to be accurate as possible when speaking about public matters”. “This is particularly important” he added, “when it comes to public money”. “While you can do what you want with your own funds, public money should be treated as a sacred trust.”
    Noble sentiments, that I have tried to carry with me in my own times in office and public life.

    We all tend to seek information that confirms our own beliefs. Unfortunately, these days that is not only too easy, but much of the media also tends to try to ratchet things up and spin things to increase viewership or promote a point of view. We often end up become more reactive than thoughtful. An article like this can bring out some of those reactions.
    It might be wise, as I needed to learn then, and still need at times to be reminded of, to take time, research, and look at differing perspectives besides our own when considering such stories.

    • Can barely wait for more of your sanctimonious prating following an impending truckers’ convoy in DC.

      Gear up.

    • Isn’t it a funny thing about false dichotomies… they’re always blatantly apparent.

      Where are the 14 Amendment rights of equal protection. This guy goes to jail for 4 years because he ‘trespassed’ and ‘resisted arrest’ (George Floyd comes to mind) for an hour or so and yet the closet progressives ignore the fact that “criticisms have focused specifically on the DOJ’s failure to properly defend a federal courthouse in Portland, Oregon, which ended up under siege by far-left domestic terrorists on a daily basis throughout 2020 and even into 2021.”

      “These courageous officers were attacked by left-wing street militants with weapons such as mortar fire, ball bearings, and blinding lasers,” Cotton’s letter reads in part. “A refusal to represent these Deputy Marshals would violate the Department’s long-standing practice — not to mention its moral duty — to defend law-enforcement officers when they’re sued for actions in the line of duty.” – Senator Tom Cotton

      Phony sanctimony goes only so far.

      • Jay,

        I have been and am consistent in my support of police. I have also been consistent that no matter what their politics, all should, when they break the law, suffer the full consequences. It is sad that some, on both the left and right, continue to make excuses for these criminals.

        Mr. Languerand, it turns out, had the sad experience of going down the Q-anon conspiracy rabbit hole and was involved before January 6, according to the Burlington Police Department, in creating an incident at a Burlington restaurant that he accused of being part of a child sex trafficking ring.
        Two other Q-anon followers died at the capitol. One woman when trampled by other demonstrators trying to break into the capitol and the other while attempting to climb through a broken window to get at members of Congress.

        The danger involved by those who would take the law into their own hands is not only to the participants, but to our Democracy and Constitution. It is real and must be opposed. Edmund Burke, one of the most articulate conservatives of any age, had much to say about the excesses and dangers of the French Revolution. It is right for those of us who appreciate that tradition and wisdom to speak up and oppose those, no matter what their political persuasion, that puts our Republic in peril.

        • Speaking of being consistent… there you go again with your false dichotomies.

          I never said Mr. Languerand didn’t do whatever he is alleged to have done.

          I never said you didn’t support the police.

          I asked: ‘Where are the 14th Amendment rights of equal protection?’

          If others break our laws, even more egregiously than these so-called ‘Qanon’ people did, why are they not being prosecuted? Who is Ray Epps? Why isn’t he in jail?

          But no – you persist in ignoring the hypocrisy – not only yours, but that demonstrated by our Dept. of Justice. You can’t even acknowledge the DOJ’s failure to properly defend a federal courthouse in Portland, Oregon.

          If it’s okay to send a police officer to jail for the rest of his life because he restrained George Floyd when he resisted arrest, in a way that ‘may’ have killed him, what should we do with the capitol police officer who murdered an unarmed Ashley Babbit (also recorded on video tape) without so much as a warning by shooting her in the head for ‘climbing through a window’? Qanon!…. Really? Off with her head!

          Your continued false comparative assertions and ‘phony sanctimony’ are not only disingenuous, they are indicative of irresponsible propaganda put forth by most Vermont progressives. You, sir, are a pretender. And that’s the absolute best characterization I can give you.

          • Anyone who has worked with kids, knows the first line of defense for kids when doing something wrong is to say, “What about so and so, they are just as bad, and they are not being punished”.
            One of the hardest lessons to learn is to take responsibility for one’s own actions.

            The fact is law enforcement has a very difficult job and especially in riot situations. Our police officers need to be supported. Those who break the law for whatever reason or cause are, whenever possible, caught and punished.
            For your information, In Portland Oregon over 750 people were arrested in the riots there, with a number being charged with domestic terrorism. In Black Lives Matter protests according to the AP by the end of the summer of 2020 over 10,000 had been arrested nationwide. Given the difficulty law enforcement has with dealing with these kinds of large crowd domestic disturbances, these are impressive statistics.
            In this country people who commit crimes go to trail where they have the benefit of counsel, and a jury then determines their quilt and innocence. We do not judge and convict people simply by us watching internet videos. All police officers, due to the fact that they are authorized to use lethal force, are put on leave whenever they have caused a fatality and there is an immediate investigation and review to see if it was justifiable.
            It is not a prefect system, but it is the fairest system of justice that there has ever been.

            In regards to Ray Epps, he is a 60 some year-old Arizona businessman and is listed as an early member of the Oath Keepers. While encouraging people to go to the capitol and being seen outside the capitol and breaching the exterior fencing, there is no evidence that he actually went inside the capitol which is likely why he ended up not charged.

            Finally, if it is any comfort to you, some of those on the left, in which I also I engage, have an even harder time with my point of view than those here. Guess I too might be considered a “cranky old geezer” Thank God for free speech.

          • Deflect, deflect, deflect.

            “In Portland Oregon over 750 people were arrested in the riots there, with a number being charged with domestic terrorism.”

            ‘Portland drops charges for 90% arrested during recent riots’
            https://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2020/oct/7/portland-drops-charges-for-90-arrested-during-rece/

            “In regards to Ray Epps, he is a 60 some year-old Arizona businessman and is listed as an early member of the Oath Keepers. While encouraging people to go to the capitol and being seen outside the capitol and breaching the exterior fencing, there is no evidence that he actually went inside the capitol which is likely why he ended up not charged.”

            You mean no evidence other than inciting others to tear down capitol fencing and trespass – all recorded on video tape.

            Was Epps an undercover government agent? No. Just ask him. And when Attorney General Garland, while under oath, was asked about Epps – he’ refused to answer.

            “The fact is law enforcement has a very difficult job and especially in riot situations. Our police officers need to be supported.”

            Meanwhile, it’s okay by you that a capitol policeman shot and killed an unarmed Ashley Babbit in the head as she walked through a broken window, while other protesters were being invited into the building?

            “It is not a perfect system, but it is the fairest system of justice that there has ever been.”

            Good Lord. ‘Let them eat cake.’

  4. I watched all 5 hours of this on tv. Protesters pushed back crowd control barriers, light enough to be carried by one man. One window was broken.
    Later I saw repeatedly the murder of the lady. She had her back against the wall, summer street clothes, NOTHING in her hand. on the hinge side of the door, was not making any run for entering.. when a guard pushed his hand thru the door opening and shot her dead point blank . We hear NOTHING about that actual crime, not even the name of the officer, who may have fired
    by hyper-active accident.

    One window was broken, Most entering the building were just looking around They were not molesting
    the workings, except the guy with his feet on Pelosi’s desk – that was a simple political statement

  5. This story sure has been spun since the actual event took place, hasn’t it?
    Qui bono?
    This is ABSOLUTELY about demonizing ANY Vermonter, and scaring us into silence and compliance and frighten us into not confronting or questioning authority… IN Vermont. By example.
    Be scared people.
    The Fascists are scared to death of us Vermonters realizing the Truth about the Scamdemic, like no virus has ever been isolated, and the CDC is quite aware of this.
    Do your research people.

  6. A victory for all and order!! This man brutally assaulted our police officers and deserves to go to jail. Let’s stand with the women and men in blue against criminals like this. Time to stop pandering to violent criminals.

    • Did you read the article? Did you read the report of what he did? Does the charge fit the crime?

      The real kicker, does it even say he hit police with the thrown deadly traffic cone?

      No, it does not. Wouldn’t that be included with the charges of he did?

      He threw a traffic cone and a couple of sticks that did not hit anyone and he gets 4 YEARS in Jail?

      Huh, that justice?

      • I read it. It says. “Based on the size and weight of the objects, as well as the speed and force with which Languerand threw them, the items were capable of inflicting serious bodily injury.” This was at the police!! Some day you may need the help of the police. If we tolerate violent crime against them, they won’t be there for you or for all of us who really respect law and order.

        • Nice to see all those BLM protesters locked up.

          The left will do anything to win. Welcome to the new America.

    • Wondering how vocal U hve been re Kenosha and the rest of the BLM carnage and destruction.

      Not much is my guess.

      • Unlike you, I think anyone who assaults the police should be prosecuted. That includes police doing their job in Wisconsin or at the US Capitol. I am a little tired of fake conservatives who want to coddle violent criminals.

        • Isn’t it a funny thing about false dichotomies… they’re always blatantly apparent.

          Where are the 14 Amendment rights of equal protection. This guy goes to jail for 4 years because he ‘trespassed’ and ‘resisted arrest’ (George Floyd comes to mind) for an hour or so and yet the closet progressives ignore the fact that “criticisms have focused specifically on the DOJ’s failure to properly defend a federal courthouse in Portland, Oregon, which ended up under siege by far-left domestic terrorists on a daily basis throughout 2020 and even into 2021.”

          “These courageous officers were attacked by left-wing street militants with weapons such as mortar fire, ball bearings, and blinding lasers,” Cotton’s letter reads in part. “A refusal to represent these Deputy Marshals would violate the Department’s long-standing practice — not to mention its moral duty — to defend law-enforcement officers when they’re sued for actions in the line of duty.” – Senator Tom Cotton

          Phony sanctimony goes only so far.

  7. another example of dems nazi justus…. sticks as a lethal weapon???? maybe if he was using them
    in a martial arts form but not just throwing them.. Why was the officer who shot and KILLED unarmed and non threatening Ashley Babbitt let off with out a charge at all??? And as Neil said why were
    they jailed for over a year with no bail hearing and in abhorrent conditions not used at even Gitmo..
    There needs to be lots of heads rolling for the abuse of justice taken place over this media/fbi event.

  8. 725 people arrested and not charged with a crime for over a year? People are ok with this?

    Is this correct?

  9. I remember seeing videos of many BLM rioters throwing objects at police in 2020. How many of them were charged and got 4 years in prison?

  10. This is just insane….

    meanwhile the world will be saved by our very polite canadian neighbors…….

    https://rumble.com/vtqxkq-top-10-memes-fringe-fest.html

    what is the VTGOP saying about this? Will they let another American fall under this? Actions determine the heart of an organization, person or country…..

    Canada has a wonderful heart. God Bless them and Protect them please, In Jesus name I ask and pray.

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