Ex-La Habra Police Chief Sentenced for Capitol Riot Involvement

Case Summary

The sentencing of Alan Hostetter, the former La Habra police chief, to over 11 years in prison is a pivotal development in the legal proceedings following the January 6, 2021, U.S. Capitol riot. This analysis delves into the case specifics, the charges, and the broader legal implications of this high-profile sentencing.

Alan Hostetter was convicted for his role in the January 6th riot aimed at obstructing Congress from certifying the 2020 election results. As a member of the “DC Brigade,” Hostetter faced federal court conviction on four felony counts, including conspiracy to obstruct an official proceeding and unauthorized entry into a restricted area with a deadly weapon.

Charges and Legal Context

Conspiracy to Obstruct an Official Proceeding: In Alan Hostetter’s case, he faced two serious federal charges. The first was conspiracy to obstruct an official proceeding, under 18 U.S.C. § 371, signifying his involvement in a coordinated effort to disrupt a legitimate governmental function. This conviction underscores the gravity of scheming against the orderly conduct of government operations.

Entering a Restricted Area with a Weapon: The second charge was entering a restricted area with a weapon, as per 18 U.S.C. § 1752. Hostetter’s charge escalated because he carried a hatchet while illegally entering the grounds of the U.S. Capitol. The presence of the weapon considerably increased the seriousness of his offense.

Sentencing Overview

Hostetter, 58, now residing in Poolville, Texas, received a sentence exceeding 11 years from a Washington, D.C., judge. This sentence encompasses a $2,000 restitution and a $30,000 fine, highlighting the severe legal consequences of such national security breaches.

Evidence and Prosecution Strategy

The prosecution leveraged Hostetter’s speeches and social media activities to establish his intent and active participation in the riot. This multimedia evidence was critical in demonstrating his incitement and involvement in the events of January 6th.


This high-profile case underscores the gravity of the charges and the determination to uphold the law, regardless of one’s prior roles. If you require expert legal representation for similar charges, contact the Law Offices of Arash Hashemi today at (310) 448-1529. With over 20 years of experience, our attorney is ready to provide expert guidance and representation.

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