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Jan. 6 Rioter Who Impaled an Officer on a Door Was Given a Prison Term of at Least Seven Years

Jan. 6 Rioter Who Pinned Officer in Door

Jan. 6 Rioter Who Pinned Officer in Door

On Friday, a guy was given a sentence of over seven years in prison for pinning an officer against a doorframe with a stolen riot shield during the revolt on January 6, 2021. Patrick McCaughey III, 25, of Connecticut, was sentenced to 90 months in prison for nine charges, according to an announcement from the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Columbia.

In September, a jury found McCaughey guilty of seven felonies and two misdemeanors, including three counts of aiding or abetting or assaulting, refusing, or impeding law enforcement officials and one count of obstruction of an official procedure.

McCaughey was involved in one of the day’s most famous scenes, when Washington, D.C. Metropolitan Police Officer Daniel Hodges screamed for more than two minutes while being slammed into a metal door frame.

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As the mob attempted to force their way through the lower west terrace tunnel, Hodges was disarmed and attacked by other rioters. The announcement adds that McCaughey, together with Tristan Stevens, 26, of Florida, and David Mehaffie, 63, of Ohio, went from their respective locations to Washington, DC, in order to gain unauthorized access to the Capitol grounds.

At the West Front, McCaughey and Stevens jeered at police while Mehaffie incited the crowd to storm the police lines. According to the statement, at around 2:30 p.m., the trio smashed past a police line and ascended the southwest scaffolding and stairway to meet at the tunnel under the platform being prepared for President Biden’s inauguration.

The Capitol’s west door was secured by cops posted on the lower terrace, but the three men led other rioters in “heave-hos” against a police line, using riot shields taken from police, and assaulted three officers as they sought to break in.

Specifically, McCaughey utilized a riot shield as a “weapon.” According to the announcement, the three remained on Capitol grounds after officials had cleared the tunnel. A sentence of nearly 16 years was sought by the DOJ for McCaughey.

McCaughey, along with co-conspirators Stevens and Mehaffie, was found guilty of insurrection-related offences in September.

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