Iced Earth guitarist Jon Schaffer, who recently pleaded guilty to his involvement in the Jan.6 Capitol riot, was apparently assaulted with human excrement while behind bars. Schaffer’s lawyer recently gave details of the alleged incident, saying Schaffer also received death threats while locked up.
Schaffer became one of the faces of the attempted insurgency after a photo of him inside the Capitol began to circulate. Schaffer surrendered to authorities on January 17 and ultimately spent 89 days in prison before being released pending sentencing.
The guitarist and Oathkeeper member pleaded guilty to obstructing official congressional proceedings and trespassing on restricted Capitol grounds while armed with a deadly or dangerous weapon. Although Schaffer can spend up to 30 years in prison, CNN reports that prosecutors and Schaffer’s defense team have agreed to recommend between 3.5 and 4.5 years in prison. The sentence will ultimately be decided by judge Amit Mehta.
“My client, who is presumed innocent, just went through two months of hell where other people were throwing feces and urine at him and threatening his life in a horrible, horrible situation,” Schaffer’s lawyer said. , Marc J. Victor, in federal court. judge in March at Schaffer’s detention hearing in U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia, according to the Indianapolis Star.
Schaffer was kept in “administrative segregation” at Marion County Jail in Indiana from January through early March due to his prominent status. He was then removed from the cell block after Schaffer claimed he “feared for his personal safety”.
According to an emergency grievance from Schaffer, three inmates were threatening him with death. Schaffer was flown to Washington DC in mid-March.
Records show that the first inmate Schaffer complained of had multiple violent encounters with prison staff and other inmates, allegedly assaulted an inmate so severely that he was taken to hospital. Another Schaffer inmate complained that he punched an assistant in the face just days before Schaffer reported the death threats.
“He went through two months. I think that caught his attention, judge, ”Victor said immediately after describing the fecal attack. “He is aware that this is a serious case.
“This is obviously unacceptable, categorically,” Judge Zia M. Faruqui told Victor. “I share your angry feelings that this is not the way our criminal justice system should work. And, Mr. Schaffer, I’m sorry. I’m sure it’s – it’s very little comfort, but I apologize, ”the judge added.
Jon Schaffer’s sentencing date was not made public at the time of this publication. Last month, Anna Morgan-Lloyd became the first defendant to be sentenced for her role in the Jan.6 uprising, receiving three years of probation, 120 hours of community service and a $ 500 fine.