Ten years in prison for retired police officer involved in Capitol Hill assault

A retired New York City police officer was sentenced Thursday to 10 years in prison in Washington, D.C., for his involvement in the Jan. 6, 2021, attack on the Capitol, the longest sentence to date for one of the attackers.

Fifty-six-year-old Thomas Webster had assaulted a police officer with a flagpole, and ripped the gas mask off the official charged with protecting the congressional building during the riot.

The scene, filmed with a pedestrian camera worn by the victim, testified to the violence of those moments and allowed the jury in Washington, D.C. federal court to agree in May on Webster’s guilt.

The sentence was announced Thursday by federal Judge Amit Mehta.

“He chose to escalate the situation, brutally . Today’s sentence holds him accountable for his repeated attacks on an officer that day,” commented Matthew Graves, a U.S. Department of Justice attorney.

The former police officer, who also served in the Marines, had been arrested on Feb. 21, 2021, and convicted by a jury of five felonies three months later, including assaulting police officers while using a dangerous weapon.

In the same release, the Department of Justice justifies the severity of the sentence by Thomas Webster’s former status.

“Mr. Webster not only betrayed his oath of office, but also his fellow law enforcement officers, who risk their lives every day to protect the public,” said Steven D’Antuono, an FBI official in Washington.

After the January 6, 2021 assault, more than 860 people were arrested.

Former President Donald Trump promised in a radio interview Thursday that he intends to pardon all Capitol Hill attackers if he is re-elected to the White House.

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