A retired NEW YORK officer who once served on former Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s detail was sentenced to 10 years in prison Thursday for instigating an attack on a D.C. officer defending the Capitol on January 6, marking the longest sentence up to now for a January 6 rioter.
Thomas Webster, 56, was convicted on five felony charges in-may, including assaulting a police officer with a deadly or dangerous weapon.
Prosecutors had sought a 17-year sentence for Webster, who U.S. Attorney Matthew M. Graves said “thought we would escalate the problem, brutally going on the attack” on January 6.
Photo and video showed Webster swinging a flagpole at Metropolitan OFFICER Noah Rathbun, who were able to take the pole away.
Webster then tackled Rathbun to the bottom and began choking him, while some in the Trump-supporting mob kicked the officer, who sustained several injuries.
Webster may be the 33rd rioter to be convicted of a felony, with prosecutors an ideal eight-for-eight up to now at winning convictions against rioters at jury trials, based on the Washington Post. A lot more than 860 folks have been arrested regarding the the riot and over 260 of these have already been charged over getting together with law enforcement, based on the Justice Department.
A FRESH Jersey man pleaded guilty early in the day Thursday to felony costs for assaulting Capitol Cops, including officer Brian Sicknick. The person, Julian Elie Khater, admitted to pepper-spraying Sicknick in the facial skin.