Son of Capitol rioter who turned him in says he’s getting further radicalised in jail

The father said he did not regret his actions in a letter he wrote from jail

Graig Graziosi
Thursday 06 January 2022 21:23

Related video: Joe Biden puts blame on Trump’s ‘big lie’ for ‘violent insurrection’

A college student who turned his father in to investigators after the Capitol riot is afraid his dad is getting further radicalised in prison.

VICE News spoke with Jackson Reffitt, who turned his father, Guy Reffitt, into the FBI after learning he had participated in the Capitol riot.

Guy Reffitt was arrested on 19 January. He is a member of the extremist right-wing gang the Three Percenters, and was charged with five counts related to the Capitol riot, including possession of a semi-automatic weapon on Capitol grounds.

He has pleaded not guilty and is still awaiting trial from prison alongside dozens of other accused rioters.

Guy Reffitt is being jailed in the Central Detention Facility in Washington DC, where the rioters facing the most serious charges are currently being held.

According to numerous reports, the accused rioters inside the facility – thanks to their proximity – may be continuing to radicalise each other.

VICE previously reported that the defendants in the so-called "Patriot Wing" of the facility have been singing the national anthem and have started their own handwritten newsletter.

Guy Reffitt may be among those becoming more radicalised; ProPublica published a letter from jail written by the man in which he claims he bonded with other defendants and that he did not regret his actions on 6 January.

“​​It was pretty disgusting to read that. I mean like it's psycho stuff,” Jackson Reffitt, 19, told VICE News. “Honestly, it made me feel worse about my decision, only because I feel like I pushed him in a more extreme direction. I made him more enthusiastic about what he's done.”

Jackson Reffitt made the decision to turn his father in after watching him sink deeper and deeper into right-wing extremist ideologies.

During an interview with ABC News, he said that he felt a responsibility to turn him in “as the only one that actually sees what he's doing right now”.

According to Jackson Reffitt, when his father returned from the Captiol riot he began threatening him and his siblings, saying he would “do what he had to do” if he was reported to investigators.

Reporting his father to police has taken a toll on Jackson Reffittt; he has since had a falling out with his mother and sisters, and has moved out of his family home.

“I also bear the guilt of pretty much tearing this family apart and it sucks but I can't do much about it,” he said in his ABC News interview.

His father told the broadcaster that he hopes he will one day be able to have a relationship with his son, saying: “I will always love my son”.

Register for free to continue reading

Registration is a free and easy way to support our truly independent journalism

By registering, you will also enjoy limited access to Premium articles, exclusive newsletters, commenting, and virtual events with our leading journalists

Please enter a valid email
Please enter a valid email
Must be at least 6 characters, include an upper and lower case character and a number
Must be at least 6 characters, include an upper and lower case character and a number
Must be at least 6 characters, include an upper and lower case character and a number
Please enter your first name
Special characters aren’t allowed
Please enter a name between 1 and 40 characters
Please enter your last name
Special characters aren’t allowed
Please enter a name between 1 and 40 characters
You must be over 18 years old to register
You must be over 18 years old to register
Opt-out-policy
You can opt-out at any time by signing in to your account to manage your preferences. Each email has a link to unsubscribe.

By clicking ‘Create my account’ you confirm that your data has been entered correctly and you have read and agree to our Terms of use, Cookie policy and Privacy notice.

This site is protected by reCAPTCHA and the Google Privacy policy and Terms of service apply.

Already have an account? sign in

By clicking ‘Register’ you confirm that your data has been entered correctly and you have read and agree to our Terms of use, Cookie policy and Privacy notice.

This site is protected by reCAPTCHA and the Google Privacy policy and Terms of service apply.

Register for free to continue reading

Registration is a free and easy way to support our truly independent journalism

By registering, you will also enjoy limited access to Premium articles, exclusive newsletters, commenting, and virtual events with our leading journalists

Already have an account? sign in

By clicking ‘Register’ you confirm that your data has been entered correctly and you have read and agree to our Terms of use, Cookie policy and Privacy notice.

This site is protected by reCAPTCHA and the Google Privacy policy and Terms of service apply.

Thank you for registering

Please refresh the page or navigate to another page on the site to be automatically logged inPlease refresh your browser to be logged in