A man identified as Christopher Worrell has disappeared just before he was about to be sentenced in a case involving the riot at the US Capitol.

According to a warrant that was made publicly available on Friday, prosecutors are asking for this person to serve a significant jail sentence that is longer than ten years.

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Who is Christopher Worrell?

Christopher Worrell is 52 years old. He is a resident of Naples, Florida. The defendant, who was found guilty for his role in the events on January 6, 2021, when a crowd broke into the U.S. Capitol during the certification of Joe Biden’s presidential victory, was initially scheduled to be sentenced on Friday. 

During the Capitol invasion, he specifically used pepper spray gel at police personnel. Prosecutors argued for a lengthy 14-year prison term as punishment for his actions. The person vanished, nevertheless, before his scheduled sentencing.

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Worrell was found guilty after a five-day bench trial presided over by Senior U.S. District Judge Royce Lamberth. When announcing the decision, Judge Lamberth rejected Worrell’s argument that he had only used pepper spray on other protesters, not police officers, calling it “preposterous.” Worrell’s trial testimony was further attacked by the judge, who called it “unbelievable” and a “false narrative.”

As per media reports, the intended sentencing was postponed due to the person’s disappearance, and on Tuesday, a bench warrant was issued under seal for his arrest. The Washington, D.C. office of the U.S. attorney has pleaded with anyone who may have information about his whereabouts to come forward.

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Worrell was put under house arrest in Florida after being released from a Washington, D.C., jail in November 2021. Less than a month had passed since a judge had upheld his civil rights complaints against the way he had been treated in jail.