Capitol Riot man faces own son as witness in federal court

Guy Reffitt is the first to stand trial for felony charges tied to participating in the Jan. 6 insurrection

By Kelly McClure

Nights & Weekends Editor

Published March 3, 2022 8:01PM (EST)

Police use tear gas around the U.S. Capitol building where pro-Trump supporters riot on Jan. 6, 2021. (Getty Images)
Police use tear gas around the U.S. Capitol building where pro-Trump supporters riot on Jan. 6, 2021. (Getty Images)

Guy Reffitt, a 49-year-old man from Texas, was the first to stand trial for felony charges stemming from his participation in the January 6, 2021 Capitol riot. Reffitt is charged with obstruction, civil disorder, and carrying a firearm while on Capitol property.

One of the witnesses to take the stand to testify against Reffitt was his own teenage son, Jackson Reffitt, who spoke about Googling an FBI tip line to report his father's actions during the Capitol riots. 

Scott MacFarlane, a CBS News Congressional Correspondent, live-tweeted from the court room during Jackson's testimony, and you can read that thread in full here:

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Jackson stated that his relationship with his father began to go downhill after the 2020 election, according to Huffington Post,  and that he felt "paranoid" that his father's rhetoric would one day lead to violence.

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The teenager's tip to the FBI regarding the fears he had surrounding his father was sent on Christmas Eve 2020, but nothing ever came of it until after the January 6 riot. This information is from Ryan J. Reilly, a Justice reporter for NBC News, who was also live-tweeting from the trial today. 

Guy Reffitt pled not guilty to the charges put against him in trial today, and faces a sentence of 60 years in prison, according to CBS

Since reporting his father, and sharing a recording of him with the FBI, Jackson moved out of the home he shared with his parents. He's since accumulated a nest egg for himself in the amount of $150,000 via a GoFundMe drive, according to Huffington Post, which he plans to use for college and car expenses. 

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By Kelly McClure

Kelly McClure is a journalist and fiction writer who lives in New Orleans. She is Salon's Nights and Weekends Editor covering daily news, politics and culture. Her work has been featured in Vulture, The A.V. Club, Vanity Fair, Cosmopolitan, Nylon, Vice, and elsewhere. She is the author of Something is Always Happening Somewhere.

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