An Arkansas truck driver who beat a police officer with a flagpole connected to an American flag throughout the US Capitol riot was sentenced Monday to greater than 4 years in jail.
Peter Francis Stager struck the Metropolitan police division officer along with his flagpole not less than 3 times as different rioters pulled the officer, head first, into the group exterior the Capitol on 6 January 2021. The bruised officer was amongst greater than 100 cops injured throughout the riot.
Stager additionally stood over and screamed profanities at one other officer, who was significantly injured when a number of different rioters dragged him into the mob and beat him, in keeping with federal prosecutors.
After the beatings, Stager was captured on video saying, “Each single a type of Capitol regulation enforcement officers, demise is the treatment. That’s the solely treatment they get.”
US Decide Rudolph Contreras sentenced Stager to 4 years and 4 months in jail, in keeping with a spokesperson for the prosecutors’ workplace.
Stager, 44, of Conway, Arkansas, pleaded responsible in February to a felony cost of assaulting police with a harmful weapon.
Prosecutors had really helpful a jail sentence of six years and 6 months.
Greater than 1,000 individuals have been charged with federal crimes associated to the Capitol riot. Over 620 of them have pleaded responsible. Roughly 100 others have been convicted by juries or judges after trials. Almost 600 have been sentenced, with over half receiving phrases of imprisonment starting from three days to 18 years.