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Jan. 6 rioter invokes Epstein after getting a five-month sentence for smashing in a Capitol window

Troy Faulkner, who committed his felony while wearing a jacket bearing the name of his company, said he was apologetic for his behavior on Jan. 6.
Troy Faulkner smashed in a window at the Capitol on Jan. 6, 2021.
Troy Faulkner smashed a window at the Capitol on Jan. 6, 2021.Ryan Reilly / NBC News; U.S. District Court for D.C.

WASHINGTON — A Jan. 6 rioter who smashed in a window at the U.S. Capitol invoked Jeffrey Epstein moments after he was sentenced to five months in federal prison Thursday.

Troy Faulkner, of Ohio — who smashed in a window at the Capitol while he was wearing a jacket bearing his painting company's name and phone number — was handed a five-month sentence by Chief U.S. District Judge Beryl Howell.

Faulkner told the court he supported former President Donald Trump because he believed Trump was "combatting human trafficking," a seeming reference to the QAnon conspiracy theory. Faulkner cited inflated numbers about the number of children who go missing every year.

Howell noted that Faulkner burned the "Faulkner Painting" jacket he wore at the U.S. Capitol, and she questioned whether Faulkner had actually stopped believing Trump's lies about the 2020 presidential election, as his lawyer had implied in a sentencing memo.

Troy Faulkner wears a "Faulkner Painting" jacket while smashing a window at the Capitol on Jan. 6, 2021.
Troy Faulkner wears a Faulkner Painting jacket as he smashes a window at the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6, 2021.U.S. District Court for D.C.

After Faulkner's lawyer John Machado said Faulkner "was and still is a fan" of Trump, Howell asked whether he still believes everything Trump says. Machado said Faulkner now knows Trump is not the legitimate president.

Howell said it was reasonable to question whether Jan. 6 defendants like Faulkner were "still susceptible to a giant lie" and could engage in political violence in the future.

As he left the courthouse after his sentencing, Faulkner walked to news cameras outside and made a comment about Epstein.

"How about that Epstein Island list? How 'bout that one? Wanna talk about that? Where's the Epstein Island list?" Faulkner said, referring to sex trafficking by the Epstein, disgraced financier who has been the subject of numerous conspiracy theories. Epstein died by suicide in federal custody, and British socialite Ghislaine Maxwell was convicted in the sex trafficking scheme in December.

Faulkner, his attorney said at his sentencing hearing, was "at a better place" than he was when he smashed in a Capitol window. But Faulkner seemed to go a bit off script in his comments to the judge and suggested that rioters had somehow been set up by police.

"We were told by the president to go there," Faulkner told the judge. "I wasn't in my best state of mind. ... I've been remorseful every day."