(TheRedWire.com) – The Department of Justice (DOJ) is seeking a close to a 16-year prison sentence for a Jan. 6 rioter, Patrick McCaughey III, 25, who used a stolen riot shield in order to pin an officer in a door frame during the Jan. 6, 2021 attack on the Capitol.
McCaughey, 25, had crushed Officer Daniel Hodges in a metal door frame for over two minutes. This is widely recognized as one of the most memorable moments of the riot, as the trapped officer could be heard screaming out from the pain. The officer was completely disarmed and attacked by other rioters as the rioters’ mob tried to use a heave-ho movement in order to get through the lower west terrace tunnel.
Last September, McCaughey was found guilty of seven felonies and two misdemeanors, including aiding or abetting or assaulting, resisting, or impeding a law enforcement officer with a dangerous weapon. The government is now looking for a 188-month sentence for McCaughey. This is one of the longest sentences being sought out for a rioter so far.
Assistant U.S. Attorney Kimberly Paschall in a memorandum filed on Thursday pointed out that McCaughey’s actions were “egregious and protracted,” when compared with the actions of other rioters who have already been on trial. She added that the defendant’s actions “were heinous” and any sentence should reflect that nature.
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