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One year on, just 2 of 17 Tennesseans sentenced for their participation in the Jan. 6 U.S. Capitol riot

U.S. House Select Committee on the January 6 Attack
Video provided by the U.S. House Select Committee on the January 6 Attack shows the riot in progress.

(WMOT/AP) — Just two Tennesseans have so far been sentenced as the first anniversary of the January 6 riots in the U.S. Capitol approaches.

The Capitol was under siege by supporters of former President Trump for several hours on Jan. 6, 2021. To date, a total of 17 Tennessee residents have been arrested in connection with the riot.

Jesse Griffith of Nashville and Eric Torrens of Gallatin were sentenced in late October.

Griffith and Torrens received relatively light sentences compared to many other rioters. Both were sentenced to 36 months probation and house arrest.

However, 31 of the more than 70 defendants sentenced so far have received prison time. The Associated Press notes that Judges often cite remorse as a key factor in deciding sentences.