Jan 6 rioter who was free on bail for shooting a teenager in the head is sentenced to over 3 years in prison

A North Carolina man who rioted at the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6, 2021, while he was awaiting trial for shooting a teenager in the head was sentenced this Tuesday to over three years in prison, Fox 19 reported.

Matthew Jason Beddingfield pleaded guilty in February to one count of assaulting, resisting or impeding police after he attacked police officers with a flagpole during the riot. After he attacked officers with the pole, he flashed a Nazi-style salute.

He was sentenced  to a prison term of three years and two months followed by two years of supervised release.

After he attacked police with the pole, he picked up its broken pieces and threw it at officers. “Beddingfield then faced the Capitol and made a gesture (one that is commonly associated with the Nazis), extending his arm and hand forward and at an upward angle,” a prosecutor wrote in a court filing. He also joined rioters at another part of the Capitol and resumed attacking police.

In August 2021, Beddingfield pleaded guilty to an assault after he shot a teenage boy in a Walmart parking lot in North Carolina back in 2019. The teen survived. Beddingfield ultimately was sentenced to two years of probation for the shooting.

His pretrial release terms in the North Carolina case allowed him to travel to Washington for the Jan. 6 “Stop the Steal” rally that preceded the riot.

When police searched Beddingfield’s home, they found 2,000 rounds of ammunition. A search of this phone turned up swastikas, Hitler memes, and other white supremacist images.

Sky Palma

Before launching DeadState back in 2012, Sky Palma has been blogging about politics, social issues and religion for over a decade. He lives in Los Angeles and also enjoys Brazilian jiu jitsu, chess, music and art.