A Virginia man who stormed the US Capitol on January 6th, wearing an antisemitic “Camp Auschwitz” sweatshirt on top of another Nazi-themed shirt was sentenced on Thursday to 75 days of imprisonment.
Robert Keith Packer, 57, was sentenced to the stipulated imprisonment by US District Judge Carl Nichols before via video conference. The judge noted the “incredibly offensive” message on Packer’s sweatshirt before imposing the sentence. “It seems to me that he wore that sweatshirt for a reason. We don’t know what the reason was because Mr. Packer hasn’t told us,” Nichols said.
Packer’s sweatshirt during the riots depicted an image of a human skull above the words “Camp Auschwitz.” The word “Staff” was on the back. It also bore the phrase “Work Brings Freedom,” a rough translation of the German words above the entrance gate to Auschwitz, the concentration camp in occupied Poland where Nazis killed more than 1 million men, women, and children, nearly all Jews. Packer also wore an “SS” T-shirt — a reference to the Nazi Party paramilitary organization founded by Adolf Hitler — under his sweatshirt on that day.
Prosecutors had recommended a sentence of 75 days of incarceration followed by 36 months of probation, since Packer has a lengthy criminal record, with approximately 21 convictions, mostly for drunken driving and other motor vehicle violations.