A rioter who grabbed hold of then-U.S. Capitol Police Officer Michael Fanone and dragged him into the violent mob of Trump supporters at the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6, 2021, was handed a lengthy prison sentence this Thursday, NBC News reports.
Albuquerque Head, 43, of Tennessee, was sentenced to 7.5 years in federal prison, just short of the 96-month sentence prosecutors requested. He’ll get credit for the roughly 18 months he’s already spent in custody.
“Show him the same mercy that he showed me on Jan. 6 … which is none,” Fanone told Judge Amy Berman Jackson ahead of Head’s sentencing.
From NBC News:
Head dragged Fanone into the mob on Jan. 6 while yelling “I got one!” Before that, he used a police shield to push against a line of police officers in the western-facing tunnel of the U.S. Capitol, where some of the most violent acts of the insurrection took place. He pleaded guilty to a felony charge of assaulting, resisting, or impeding officers.
Judge Amy Berman Jackson called Head’s actions “some of the darkest acts committed on one of our nation’s darkest days.” She pointed out all the opportunities Head had to remove himself from the battle being fought against police, but instead re-armed with a police shieldand went back to the front line.
Watch the MAGA militia tasing and assaulting Officer Fanone who nearly died on January 6th. pic.twitter.com/BQiLrxXYri
— The Trump Crisis (@RWTrollPatrol) August 25, 2022
Head’s sentence is among the longest handed to a Capitol rioter to date.