Colorado Man Sentenced to 2 Years in Prison for Attacking Police During U.S. Capitol Riot

A man from Colorado has been sentenced to two years in prison for his involvement in the attack on the U.S. Capitol on January 6, 2021.

Jonathan David Grace, aged 49, has been sentenced to three years of probation. This comes after he pleaded guilty in October to one count of assaulting, resisting, or impeding officers.

According to the Department of Justice, Grace participated in the attack by joining other rioters in confronting officers who were safeguarding the Capitol entrance near the building’s lower west terrace. The DOJ stated that the tunnel, a narrow hallway, was the site of some of the most aggressive assaults against law enforcement on that day.

Around 3 p.m., Grace made his way into the tunnel, engaging in a fierce confrontation with the police that lasted for nearly an hour. Not only did Grace actively participate in the resistance, but he also joined forces with others to push back against the officers within the tunnel.

According to the Department of Justice (DOJ), they stated that:

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Rhythmically yelling ‘Heave! Ho!’ as their signal and locking arms or bodies with each other, the rioters would move backward in unison before rocking and pushing forward together. Grace put his head down and used his body weight to forcefully push in unison with the rioters against the police officers. Court documents say that as Grace and the rioters thrust their collective body weight into the officers, one officer could be heard screaming in pain as he was smashed between a shield and a metal door frame.

According to the Justice Department, around 1,300 individuals have been charged in connection with the Capitol attack, which resulted in injuries to approximately 140 officers.

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