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Trump fan who assaulted Officer Fanone on January 6 sentenced to over 7 years in prison

WASHINGTON — A Donald Trump fan who brought his teenage son while he assaulted then-police officer Mike Fanone and another officer at the Capitol on Jan. 6 was sentenced to more than seven years in prison on Tuesday.

Kyle Young, a 38-year-old HVAC worker from Iowa whose attorney said he was “injected” with lies about the 2020 election and who asked his Facebook followers to join him on the “steel stop”. [sic]’, pleaded guilty in May to one count of assaulting, resisting or obstructing officers. Young admitted he used a strobe light to confuse police, helped throw a large high- speaker on police, grabbed Fanone’s wrist when the DC officer was taken away by the mob and made contact with another officer taken away by the mob.

Kyle Young at the Capitol on January 6, 2021.United States District Court for DC

Young’s 86-month sentence was what federal prosecutors were looking for in this case. They argued that Young took part in the assault in the Lower West Tunnel where “some of the most barbaric violence” took place on January 6. fanatic who used it to electroshock Fanone in the neck on January 6.

Young, followed by his 16-year-old son, was right next door when Rodriguez electrocuted Fanone, as abundant video evidence shows.

“When Young spotted Officer Fanone being fired into the crowd, he deliberately moved towards the attack and joined in at a pivotal moment – ​​grabbing Officer Fanone’s wrist away from his body a few seconds after the officer was repeatedly tasered and amid cries to ‘kill’ him with his own weapon,” federal prosecutors said. “Young’s restraint of Officer Fanone prevented the officer from protecting his service weapon at a time when the officer’s life was in danger and gave Young’s co-accused, Thomas Sibick, an opening to forcibly remove Officer Fanone’s badge from his chest and his radio from police from a pocket on the front of his jacket.”

Fanone’s badge was later buried in the woods behind Sibick’s backyard, federal authorities previously said.

Image: Michael Fanon
Former Metropolitan Police officer Michael Fanone during a House Select Committee hearing on July 12.Amanda Andrade-Rhoades / Sipa USA via AP File

Young spoke directly to Fanone ahead of his sentencing on Tuesday and apologized.

Fanone gave his own victim impact statement, including telling Young he hopes to suffer in prison, which caused a tense moment in the courtroom. After Fanone’s statement, a supporter of the January 6 defendants called Fanone “a piece of s—“. There was a brief downward glance between them before the Marshals escorted the man away.

Young previously wrote in a letter to Judge Amy Berman Jackson that he was sorry for his actions.

“I still can’t believe that I let myself and my son get caught up in such terrible events,” Young wrote in a letter to the judge, adding that he was “very ashamed” and that he “would never do anything like that again”. .”

More than 850 people have been charged in connection with the January 6 attack and more than 350 have pleaded guilty. The longest sentence of 10 years in federal prison was given to a former NYPD officer who assaulted a DC cop with a flagpole and tackled him to the ground, then lied on the stand about his conduct. There are still hundreds more arrests to come.

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