One of those arrested on Capitol Hill on January 6, 2021, was sentenced to more than seven years in prison for stealing a riot shield and assaulting an officer.
Federal prosecutors sought a prison sentence of at least 15 years and 8 months for 25-year-old Patrick McCaughey III, which would have been one of the longest sentences for a riot case.
However, U.S. District Judge Trevor McFadden sentenced McGaughey to seven years and six months in prison and two years of supervised release.
Patrick McCaughey III has been sentenced to 90 months in prison for crimes committed at the Capitol on Jan 6, including his assault on myself with a riot shield.
I gave the following statement in person at sentencing. pic.twitter.com/uXn0cgsxyc
— Definitely Danny (@SemperWry) April 14, 2023
McFadden described the convicted man as a “dangerous and frightening poster child” referring to the Jan. 6 riots.
“Your actions are some of the most heinous crimes that were committed on that dark day,” the judge told McCaughey.
Patrick McCaughey expressed being ashamed for participating in the crowd of protesters: “I regret that I behaved less like a citizen and more like an animal that day.”
He was also convicted of a felony assault and nine other charges after hearing a trial testimony in September.
About 1,000 people have been charged with federal crimes related to the January 6 Capitol riots, while 6,000 have pleaded guilty and about 450 have been convicted.
With information from CBS News