Judge Calls Antifa-Linked John Sullivan an ‘Agent of Chaos,’ Sentences Him to 6 Years for Capitol Riot

John Sullivan, aka JaydenX, a 29-year-old from Utah, was sentenced on Friday for his role in instigating the January 6 Capitol riot. He’s been in custody since his conviction in 2023 on five felony and two misdemeanor charges for obstructing the joint session of Congress, civil disorder, and carrying a knife into the U.S. Capitol. 

The government sought a seven-year prison sentence, one of the longer terms handed down to January 6 defendants. U.S. District Judge Royce C. Lamberth sentenced Sullivan to 72 months, or six years, in prison, and three years of supervised release. Sullivan will also pay $2,0000 in restitution, and Sullivan will lose approximately $90,000 in profits he made selling footage of the riot.

Sullivan, who pretended to support Trump while being a leftist activist with ties to Antifa and BLM, made statements revealing his true intentions, saying, “I brought my megaphone to instigate s***” and to “make those Trump supporters f*** s*** up.” The government argued that Sullivan went to the Capitol with the “goal of inciting the crowd,” and to “foment anarchy.” 

During the riot, Sullivan carried a retractable knife with a nearly 4-inch blade and offered it to other demonstrators, saying, 

He also told law enforcement officers to stand down, saying to them, “You are putting yourself in harm’s way” and “The people have spoken.”

Statements like these were made by Sullivan immediately proceeded the fatal shooting of military veteran Ashli Babbitt, as RedState previously reported:

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Sullivan, who sold the footage of Babbitt’s killing to media outlets, rebranded himself as a journalist after the riot, and claimed freedom of the press to avoid prosecution and later as a defense during his trial. Prosecutors found no evidence of his journalistic credentials or affiliations.

On Friday, Judge Lamberth, a Ronald Reagan appointee overseeing many January 6 cases, repeatedly rebuked Sullivan for his attempts to adopt the “protective veneer of a journalist” to hide his true identity, as a “chaos agent.”

Judge Lamberth said:

During sentencing, the judge noted that Sullivan’s case is unlike other Capitol riot defendants because he didn’t come to support Trump but for his own personal gain and anti-government motives. 

Judge Lamberth said that, “[f]or Mr. Sullivan, violence was an end in and of itself.”

While Sullivan has been in protective custody away from the general population in D.C.’s jail since his conviction last November, his attorney Steven Kiersh, requested that the judge recommend Sullivan be housed in a low-security facility as close to Utah as possible.

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