January 6, rioters who beat up police officer with Trump flag sentenced to 46 months

A Pennsylvania man who beat up a Washington, DC, police officer trump flag During January 6, 2021, capital attack Federal officials said Friday he was sentenced to 46 months in prison.

According to the Justice Department, Howard Richardson, 72, pleaded guilty earlier this year to assaulting, protesting or obstructing officers at the Capitol.

Richardson, who waved a flag with Trump’s name on it, used a pole to kill a police officer several times after he breached a restricted area of ​​the Capitol, officials said.

“He To kill an officer he was picked up and forcibly rolled down According to a statement from the Department of Justice, with the Metropolitan Police Department, who stood behind a metal fence. “Richardson then struck the officer twice, Sufficient force used to break the flag,

After that, Richardson along with other rioters pushed “a large metal sign into a line of law enforcement officers,” officials said.

Richardson told FBI it was “Upset” about the 2020 presidential election And outraged by the alleged voter fraud, NBC reported.

Richardson was arrested in November 2021 and pleaded guilty in April.

After serving a nearly four-year prison sentence, Richardson will also be released under three years of supervised release. He must also pay $2,000 in restitution.

This sentence is one of the longest so far in the January 6 uprising.

Earlier this month, Thomas RobertsonOne Off-Duty Virginia Police Officer Who Raid Capitol, along with a fellow officer, was sentenced to more than seven years in prison, Longest prison sentence tally ever Hundreds of Capitol riot cases.

But Justice Department officials are calling for the longest prison sentence ever taken against the January 6 rioters, 17 yearsFor former police officer and former Marine Thomas Webster, who pleaded guilty in May to five felony counts and his involvement in the Capitol siege, including assaulting, resisting, or obstructing an officer using a deadly or dangerous weapon, And being involved involves an act of physical violence on Capitol grounds.

The sentence would be nearly twice the longest prison sentence ever awarded by a court in the January 6 case, CBS News reported,

Webster’s sentencing is scheduled for next Friday.

According to the Justice Department, more than 860 people have been arrested since January 6 in connection with the attack. More than 260 of them have been charged with assault or obstructing law enforcement.

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