A rioter who believed the QAnon conspiracy theory and joined the insurgency of extremist supporters of Donald Trump on the US Capitol on January 6, 2021, as they tried to reverse his electoral defeat, has been sentenced in New York to 3.5 years in prison.
Samuel Fisher, 33, was sentenced on Monday after being charged with unlawful possession of firearms, including an AR-15 modified semi-automatic assault rifle, a “ghost gun”, a shotgun and 11 pre-loaded high capacity magazines. in an apartment on Manhattan’s upscale Upper West Side.
He had pleaded guilty to one count of second-degree criminal possession of a weapon.
For years, Fisher has established a prolific online presence, authorities said.
Under the handle Brad Holiday, Fisher posted photos of himself with guns on Facebook and YouTube. In one, Fisher posed in front of a flag that read “Don’t Tread on Trump. Keep America great” while smiling and holding a gun.
“I can’t wait to bring a liberal back to this palace of freedom,” he wrote in the caption. Behind him were a rifle and a shotgun.
Fisher was also a self-proclaimed dating coach who sold a $150 package of supposed misogynistic tips and tricks for men to pick up women called “Attraction Accelerator,” The New York Times reported.
“How to Use Online Dating to Create Women Abundance! Never think again that you can’t have any more women…with online dating you will ALWAYS be fucking,” her website said.
In a video posted online, Fisher said, “Is Satanism a good thing? Should we conjure up demons to achieve our goals like the left does? »
He added: “Are women to be trusted in 2020? You tell me. I’ll tell you, no.
Prior to the Jan. 6 insurrection aimed, at Trump’s request at an earlier rally, at preventing Congress from certifying Joe Biden’s victory over Trump, Fisher espoused QAnon’s conspiracy theories online and claims that the 2020 election was ‘stolen’.
In reference to a pro-Trump, so-called Stop the Steal rally, authorities said Fisher told a Facebook friend, “Grab a gun and go, lol, its 1776 times dawg.”
He also wrote online: “The Deep State is arrested and hanged on the White House lawn for high treason. We are rebuilding America with a government for the people by the people… Patriots are showing up in the millions with guns. They execute all treacherous members of the government and rebuild.
Trump believed that a secret “deep state” shadow government existed to thwart his agenda.
In 2020, after witnessing the deadly Jan. 6 riots on Capitol Hill, Fisher wrote on his social media accounts that “people died” but it was awesome, according to court records reviewed by The New York Times.
“Seeing cops literally running around…was the coolest thing I’ve ever seen in my life,” he continued.
Fisher was arrested on January 20, 2021 outside his Upper East Side apartment in New York in connection with his involvement in the Capitol bombings. Police found a shotgun, machetes and more than a thousand cartridges in his vehicle, according to court records.
In a statement on Monday, Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg said, “Samuel Fisher is a dangerous conspiracy theorist who participated in one of the most serious attacks on our democracy. Not only did he threaten to commit acts of violence against his fellow citizens, but he had the potential to follow through on his arsenal of advanced weapons and ammunition.