Ten years in prison for a police officer involved in the assault on the Capitol

Ten years in prison for a police officer involved in the assault on the Capitol

Thursday's sentence is the heaviest so far since charges against the rioters began on January 6, 2021.

A retired New York police officer was sentenced Thursday to 10 years in prison in Washington for his part in the attack on the Capitol on January 6, 2021, the longest sentence handed down to date against one of the assailants. .

Fifty-six-year-old Thomas Webster assaulted a police officer with a flagpole and ripped off the gas mask of the official charged with protecting the Congress building during the riot.

The scene, filmed using an intervention camera carried by the victim, testified to the violence of these moments and allowed the jury of the federal court in Washington to agree in May on the guilt of Mr. Webster.

The sentence was announced Thursday by federal judge Amit Mehta.

He chose to escalate the situation, brutally. Today's sentence holds him responsible for his repeated attacks on an officer that day, commented Matthew Graves, a prosecutor with the US Department of Justice.

The former police officer, who also served in the Marines, was arrested on February 21, 2021 and convicted by a jury of five misdemeanors three months later, including x27;assault of police officers using a dangerous weapon.

In the same press release, the Department of Justice justifies the severity of the sentence by the former statute of Thomas Webster.

Mr. Webster not only betrayed his oath, but also his fellow law enforcement officers, who risk their lives every day to protect the public, said Steven D'Antuono, an FBI official in Washington.

After the January 6, 2021 assault, more than 860 people were arrested.

Former President Donald Trump pledged on Thursday in a broadcast interview that he intended to pardon all of the Capitol attackers if he was re-elected to the White House.

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