January 6

Capitol rioter who hit cop in the head with metal rod gets slapped with nearly 4-year prison sentence

A man from Washington state who used a weapon to assault police during the riot at the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6 has been sentenced to 46 months in prison, CNN reports.

Devlyn Thompson helped distribute stolen police shield to other rioters, threw a speaker at police, and struck a police officer in the hand with a metal baton.

“The violence that happened that day was such a blatant disregard to the institutions of government,” the judge said before sentencing Thompson, who pleaded guilty earlier this year.

“You didn’t just come up and sock a guy in the face,” Lamberth said in reference to Scott Fairlamb, another rioter who received 41 months for punching an officer on January 6. “You’re shoving and pushing…and participating in this riot for hours.”

According to CNN, Thompson is the second Capitol rioter to be sentenced for assaulting an officer with a dangerous weapon — a felony. The first, Robert Palmer, was sentenced to 63-months for attacking police officers with a fire extinguisher, a wooden plank and a pole.

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