A Tennessee man who dragged a police officer into a crowd of rioters set off one of the deadliest acts of violence ever. Attack on the US Capitolwas sentenced to more than seven years in prison on Thursday.
Albuquerque Cosperhead U.S. District Judge Amy Berman Jackson refused to address the court after sentencing him to seven years and six months in prison with three years of supervised release. The judge said Head was responsible for “some of the darkest acts committed on one of our nation’s darkest days”.
The chief’s prison sentence is six months, the maximum legal limit in his case. It is also Second longest So far, among hundreds of incidents stemming from the Capitol siege on January 6, 2021, when a mob of Trump supporters stormed the building as Congress prepared to confirm President Joe Biden’s election victory.
“Unfortunately the dark shadow of cruelty has not gone away,” Jackson said. “There are people who are still spreading the lie that the election was stolen. They are doing it today. And those who are fueling this anger for their own personal gain, need to think about the destruction that will be caused. They have destroyed, ruined their lives.
According to prosecutors, Head engaged in some of the most brutal violence during the Capitol riots, repeatedly att*cking police officers guarding a tunnel on Lower West Terrace.
Metropolitan Police Department Officer Michael Fanon Head was on the front lines of the battle for control of the tunnel entrance when he was captured. Prosecutors said Head yelled “I’ve got one!”
“He was your prey. He was your trophy,” Jackson told Head, 43.
Head restrained Fanon while other rioters hit and shocked the officer under the skull with a stun gun. Fanon lost consciousness during the att*ck, which was captured on video by his body camera.
“Although Head was separated from Officer Fanon in the moments that followed, the sound of the Head Taser being activated again, Officer Fanon’s screams of agony, and the other rioter yelling ‘kill him with your gun.’ !’ Prosecutors wrote in a court filing.
During a sentencing hearing Thursday, Fanon said the att*ck caused him to suffer a heart att*ck and traumatic brain injury and ultimately cost him his career. He has written a book about his January 6 experience. Testified at the hearing. to the House Committee to Investigate the Mutiny.
“I would put all this attention into returning to policing, but I can’t,” he said. “And the catalyst for the loss of my career and the suffering I’ve endured over the last 18 months is Albuquerque Head.”
Other rioters have been accused of att*cking Fanon, including Kyle Young, an Iowa man who grabbed Fanon by the wrist while others shouted, “Kill him!” and “Take his gun!” Jackson sentenced Young to seven years and two months in prison last month.
Daniel “DJ” Rodrigueza California man accused of using a stun gun on Fanon, will go on trial in February 2023. Thomas SeabuckA New York riot plaintiff is accused of stealing an officer’s badge and police radio during the riot.
Head, a construction worker from Kingsport, Tennessee, was arrested in April 2021 and pleaded guilty to assault in May 2022. He has a criminal record that includes approximately 45 previous arrests.
Prosecutors recommended eight years in prison, the maximum statutory sentence he faced.
Fanon also asked the judge to impose the maximum sentence. He recalled how Head had initially told him, “I’m going to try to help you out here. You hear me?” before shouting that he “got one”.
“I would ask you to show Mr. Head the same mercy he showed me on January 6, which, if there is any question in this courtroom, is none,” Fanon said.
Head’s Attorney, Nicholas Wallace, Asked for five years imprisonment..
“There is no evidence that Mr. Head painstakingly planned ahead or came to D.C. prepared for battle. His series of bad decisions, as described above, are serious. Still, far from the worst practice of the day,” Wallace wrote.
Head told FBI agents he drove to Washington, D.C., to attend a “Stop the Steel” rally, where then-President Donald Trump addressed a crowd of supporters. According to prosecutors, while joining the crowd at the tunnel, Head used a riot shield as a weapon and used another shield to att*ck Fanon and other officers.
“When Officer Fanon used his hand to brace himself against the door frame during the struggle, Head struck the officer’s hand with his hand, causing the officer to lose his grip on the door frame,” prosecutors wrote. wrote
After Fanon was pulled into the crowd, the head separated from the officer. As others in the crowd surrounded Fanon to protect him from his att*ckers, Head repeatedly reached toward the officer and tried to grab him again, prosecutors said. Fanon’s body camera showed him collapsing as his bodyguards carried him back to the police line.
Fanon’s partner tried to revive him, saying, “Come on, Mike. Come on, man. We’re going duck hunting soon.”
Regaining consciousness after about two and a half minutes, Fanon asked, “Did we get that door back?”
“The courage and sacrifice Officer Fanon showed that day is unbelievable, and we are grateful for what he lost,” Assistant U.S. Attorney Kara Gardner told the judge.
Nearly 900 people have been charged with federal crimes because of their conduct on January 6. More than 430 of them have pleaded guilty, mostly to corruption offences. More than 300 have been sentenced, nearly half of whom have been sentenced to prison terms ranging from seven days to 10 years. According to an AP review of court records.
More than 100 police officers were injured in the Capitol. About 20 defendants have been convicted of assaulting police on January 6, the Justice Department says.
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