U.S. District Judge Carl Nichols said he’s prepared to let Bannon remain free while he appeals his convictions.
Bannon, 68, was sentenced in federal court in Washington Friday morning, after a jury found him guilty of two counts of contempt of Congress for refusing to comply with a subpoena from the White House committee investigating the Jan. 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol.
Federal prosecutors were seeking what they describe as a “severe” penalty: six months in jail and a fine of $200,000. In court papers earlier this week, they said Bannon pursued “a bad faith strategy of defiance and contempt.”
Bannon sat quietly and did not react as Judge Nichols delivered the sentence.