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Olive Branch man sentenced to four years in prison for role in January 6 Capitol riot

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An Olive Branch man was sentenced to four years in prison on Friday for several felony and misdemeanor offenses made during the January 6 riot at the U.S. Capitol.

38-year-old Matthew Bledsoe, who owned a business in Memphis at the time of his arrest, was one of the over 850 convicted individuals that attended the riot at the Capitol in 2021.

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In late July, Bledsoe was found guilty of the felony offense of obstruction of an official proceeding, as well as four misdemeanor offenses, including entering and remaining in a restricted building or grounds; disorderly and disruptive conduct in a Capitol Building; disorderly conduct in a Capitol Building, and parading, demonstrating, or picketing in a Capitol Building.

Now, Bledsoe has been sentenced to four years in prison and three years of supervised release, with two 12-month sentences and two six-month sentences for additional charges from the riot.

In total, Bledsoe will be required to pay $2,000 in restitution and a fine of $2,000.

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