A Connecticut man who assaulted a Washington, DC, police officer on January 6, 2021, was given a seven and a half-year jail sentence on Friday.
During a bench trial in September 2022, Patrick McCaughey III, 25, was found guilty on nine charges, including seven felonies. One of the felonies was for using a deadly weapon to assault Metropolitan Police Officer Daniel Hodges.
District Judge Trevor McFadden stated before sentence that “your actions on January 6 were some of the most egregious crimes that were committed that day.”
McCaughey was one of several rioters who attacked Hodges, according to court records. McCaughey used a clear police shield to bind Hodges to a door in the lower west terrace tunnel of the Capitol as a different rioter tore off his gas mask.
McFadden remarked, “Your actions rendered him absolutely helpless. He was forced to retreat, but you didn’t.
Despite the fact that McCaughey’s sentence is among the harshest handed down to a January 6 offender thus far, federal prosecutors had advocated for him to spend an even lengthier term.
The sentence decision was influenced, according to McFadden, by McCaughey’s youth and lack of criminal history; to his knowledge, McCaughey had never even had a traffic ticket. A crucial distinction, according to McFadden, is that McCaughey did not approach the Capitol with a “mob mentality.”
McFadden announced the punishment while stating that it was evident that the defendant had no intention of harming others.
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At the end of the hearing, McCaughey apologized to the judge.
The biggest humiliation of my life will always be what I did on January 6, 2021, McCaughey remarked.
During his statement, McCaughey claimed he would have to live with people seeing footage of him acting criminally online for the rest of his life.
During his statement, he expressed his regret to a number of people, including his mother, other members of his family, and law enforcement. Hodges was present for the sentencing on Friday.
McCaughey apologized to law officers and stated, “You were there that day to protect the neighborhood.
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