Monday, 28 Nov 2022

Judge warns of dark shadow of tyranny as Capitol rioter jailed for 90 months

Judge warns of dark shadow of tyranny as Capitol rioter jailed for 90 months


Judge warns of dark shadow of tyranny as Capitol rioter jailed for 90 months

Sentencing a January 6 rioter who assaulted a police officer to 90 months in prison, a judge warned the "dark shadow of tyranny" continues to loom nearly two years since the Capitol insurrection that attempted to overthrow the results of the US presidential election.

Albuquerque Head of Tennessee was sentenced on Thursday to the second-longest punishment of anyone involved in the Capitol attack so far. Head had already pleaded guilty to dragging officer Michael Fanone away from the police line while shouting "I got one!"

Shortly after, other violent protesters grabbed Fanone, tasered him and stole his radio and badge.

During Thursday's sentencing hearing, Fanone testified that he suffered a heart attack and a traumatic brain injury as a result of the attack, later quitting his job, reported the Detroit News.

"I would trade all of this attention to return to policing, but I can't do that," Fanone said. "And the catalyst for my loss of career and the suffering that I've endured in the past 18 months is Albuquerque Head."

During sentencing, US district court judge Amy Berman Jackson, who has handled several politically significant court cases during the Trump era, called Head's behavior some of the most chilling to come out of the January 6 riots.

"The dark shadow of tyranny unfortunately has not gone away," she said. "Some people are directing their vitriol at Officer Fanone and not at the people who summoned the mob in the first place."

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