Washington (AP) —Friday’s heavy metal guitarist was the first defendant to plead guilty to a federal crime in connection with a riot in the US Capitol.
Iced Earth frontman John Ryan Schaffer has agreed to work with investigators in hopes of a lighter ruling, and the Justice Department will consider including Schaffer in the Federal Witness Protection Program. Said Judge Amit Mehta of the US District Court.
It continues to investigate militia groups and other militias involved in the January 6 rebellion, where Congress was meeting to prove President Joe Biden’s election victory. Therefore, it shows that he is regarded as a valuable collaborator.
Schaffer, a supporter of former President Donald Trump, was accused of attacking the Houses of Parliament and spraying police with a bear spray. He pleaded guilty to a federal court prosecutor in Washington for two reasons: obstructing official proceedings and entering and exiting restricted buildings with dangerous or deadly weapons.
An email requesting comment has been sent to Schaffer’s lawyer.
Schaffer is among more than 370 people facing federal crime in deadly riots. This allowed lawmakers to hide, delaying Biden’s proof of victory. The Department of Justice has indicated that it is in a separate judicial transaction with another defendant.
Officials say Schaffer was caught in a camera holding a bear spray and arguing verbally with a Parliamentary officer. Schaffer wore a baseball cap labeled “Osquipers Lifetime Member” on January 6, but was not charged in a major case in which members and associates of the far-right Osquipers militia group were charged with colluding with each other. .. Block voting authorization.
Schaffer has expressed various conspiracy theories, once at the German news station that a gloomy criminal company is trying to move the world under the Communist agenda, and that he and others are ready to fight violence. I told you that it was done.
In a court document, the FBI said Schaffer “had long held the view of the far-right extremists,” and previously “called the federal government a” criminal enterprise. “
He moved to the FBI a few weeks after the riot, after his photo was posted on an FBI poster seeking public help in identifying the rioters.