Trump appointee sentenced to nearly 6 years for attacking police on Jan. 6

On Thursday, a federal judge sentenced former Donald Trump appointee Jon Schaffer to 51 months behind bars for his role in the attack on the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6.

Schaffer, an Indiana resident and long-time metal guitarist, was one of the first people to enter the Capitol and one of the most visible figures in the attack. He initially pleaded not guilty to six felony charges including obstructing an official proceeding, civil disorder, and aiding and abetting, but changed his plea to guilty earlier this month.

Schaffer has received the longest sentence thus far in the more than 450 federal criminal cases stemming from the riot. In court hearings, Schaffer reportedly expressed remorse for his actions but also said he was motivated by his belief in Trump’s false claims of widespread election fraud.

Schaffer now faces up to 11 Yeats probation according to his plea agreement. He also faces fines up to $100,000, a ban on firearms, and 600 hours of community service.

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