Ex-NYPD Police Officer Gets 10 Years In Jail For Assault During Jan. 6 Riot

Ex-NYPD officer sentenced to record 10 years for Jan. 6 riot – The Associated Press – en Español

A retired New York Police Department officer was sentenced to 10 years in prison for attacking the U.S. Capitol and using a metal flagpole to assault a police officer. He was the first Capitol riot defendant to be tried on an assault charge.

A judge sentenced a man to 10 years in prison plus three years of supervised release for shooting a man in the head during a protest in Washington, D.C. The judge said he didn’t think the man was a bad person, but he was caught up in a moment.

Webster led the charge against police barricades at the Capitol’s Lower West Plaza, prosecutors said. The defense attorney questioned why prosecutors argued that Webster didn’t deserve leniency for his 25 years of service to his country and New York City.

In May, a jury convicted Webster of assaulting Rathbun with a dangerous weapon, and a New Jersey man pleaded guilty to using pepper spray on police officers.

Webster’s 10-year prison term is the longest sentence handed down to any January 6 defendant so far. The previous longest sentences were given to Thomas Robertson and Guy Reffitt.

The Department of Justice said that 353 individuals have pleaded guilty to charges since the riot, of which 70 were felonies. 18 of these individuals have been sentenced to prison terms of up to 63 months.

To learn more about this sentence, please consider the news outlets listed below.

  1. Ex-NYPD officer sentenced to record 10 years for Jan. 6 riot  The Associated Press – en Español
  2. Former NYPD officer sentenced to 10 years in prison for his part in Capitol riot  CBS News
  3. Former NYPD officer sentenced to 10 years in prison for assaulting a police officer on January 6  CNN
  4. Retired NYPD officer sentenced for assault in U.S. Capitol riot  CBS New York
  5. Here’s How Jan. 6 Jury Trials Have Worked Out for Defendants So Far  Newsweek
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