Larry Fife Giberson ’23, who was arrested in March while attending Princeton, pleaded guilty on Monday to civil disorder, a felony, for his role in the Jan. 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol.
Giberson, who graduated in May according to The Daily Princetonian, faces up to 14 months in prison and fines from $2,000 to $40,000, according to sentencing guidelines in the plea agreement. The U.S. District Court, which is adjudicating the case, can choose to step outside the guidelines.
The maximum sentence for civil disorder is five years of imprisonment and fines up to $250,000, as well as up to three years of supervised release.
A sentencing hearing is scheduled for Nov. 1. Giberson declined to comment on the plea in an email to PAW. He waived his right to appeal the conviction of the case on any basis, though he may appeal his sentence. He was also ordered to pay $2,000 in restitution to the Architect of the Capitol. The plea agreement states approximately $2.88 million worth of damage was caused on the day of the attack.
According to the agreement, Giberson’s “offense involved physical contact to an officer.” Previously, the Department of Justice announced in a press release that Giberson “joined rioters as they attempted to force their way into the building by coordinating ‘heave-ho’ pushing efforts against the police line. While Giberson was at the front of the pack of rioters pushing against officers in unison with other rioters, one officer was crushed between a door and a shield held by a rioter.”
He later “participate[d] in a second round of coordinated pushing against the police line” in a tunnel entryway, according to the release.
Giberson was originally arrested in March, and in April, he pled not guilty to six charges, including civil disorder. As part of the agreement, Giberson’s other charges will be dismissed. Prior to this, Giberson had no criminal convictions.
Giberson graduated with Princeton’s Class of 2023 in May with a degree in politics and certificates in French and the Program in Values and Public Life, according to the Prince. When asked to confirm that Giberson received his degree, a University spokesman declined to comment.