Capitol Riot Defendant Receives 5-Year Sentence for Assaulting a Police Officer and AP Photographer on January 6
In the January 6 Capitol breach, the defendant was sentenced for assaulting a police officer and attacking an AP photographer. (Photo: Kokomo Tribune)
Capitol Rioter Rodney Milstreed Sentenced to 5 Years for Assaulting a Police Officer and Photographer
According to the Newsmax, Department of Justice, Rodney Milstreed, a defendant involved in the January 6th Capitol breach, has received a five-year prison sentence for his violent actions, including assaulting a police officer, and an Associated Press photographer. Milstreed, a 56-year-old from Finksburg, Maryland, had previously pleaded guilty to multiple charges, including felonies such as assaulting police officers with a deadly weapon, possessing an illegal firearm, and a misdemeanor assault charge. In addition to his prison time, he will serve two years of supervised release and pay $2,000 in restitution.
Prosecutors allege that Milstreed played a prominent role in assaulting a police officer and engaging in confrontations with law enforcement outside the Capitol. He was seen throwing a smoke grenade at officers and attempting to dismantle a makeshift barricade made of a bike rack fence. He also assaulted a group of Capitol Police officers, using a 4-foot-long wooden pick handle with an attached flag, causing one officer to suffer a concussion.
Milstreed was among the first individuals to target an AP photographer, dragging him downstairs and physically assaulting him, while others joined in the attack.
Capitol Rioter Expresses Remorse for Assaulting a Police Officer; Unregistered Firearm Discovery
According to AP News, during his sentencing, Milstreed expressed remorse for his actions, recognizing their wrongfulness. Following his arrest, an unregistered AR-15 firearm was discovered at his residence, resulting in additional weapons-related charges.
Investigators revealed that Milstreed’s actions were motivated by anger over the 2020 election results, and he had attempted to make contact with and join the Proud Boys, a far-right extremist group.
The Department of Justice reports that more than 1,100 individuals across nearly all 50 states have been charged in connection with crimes related to the January 6th events. This includes over 396 individuals facing charges for assaulting or obstructing law enforcement officers, which constitutes a felony offense.