December 7, 2022

Capitol rioter, a ‘one-man wrecking ball’, gets 7-year term

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — A judge sentenced a Capitol rioter to seven years in prison on Tuesday, calling the Iowa man “a one-man wrecking ball” who contributed to a sustained assault on a policeman.

Judge Amy Berman Jackson sentenced Kyle Young in U.S. District Court in Washington to a lengthy sentence, noting that he admitted to aiding in the assault of a police officer during the January 6, 2021 riot. She gave him credit for the 17 months he has spent in custody since his arrest, which means he will likely serve almost six years in prison.

“You were one man wrecking that day,” Berman Jackson told Young.

The sentences are among the longest handed down so far in the riot, which halted certification of President Joe Biden’s election victory and sent lawmakers running for their lives. The harshest sentence of 10 years behind bars was given to a former New York City police officer who assaulted an officer at the Capitol with a metal flagpole. About 900 people have been charged so far in the Capitol attack and more than 400 have pleaded guilty or been sentenced at trial.

Young wept as he apologized to former DC Metropolitan Police officer Michael Fanone and said he wished he could reverse his actions that day.

“I hope one day you will forgive me,” he said.

Fanone told the court of the near-death experience he endured at the hands of rioters during which he was repeatedly beaten and shocked with a stun gun. Young admitted to handing a stun gun to another rioter who used it on Fanone and grabbing the officer’s hand as he struggled to protect himself from the attacking mob.

Fanone said the attack ended his career as an officer.

He told Jackson that Young should get 10 years in prison.

“What I hope you do with this weather is I hope you suffer,” Fanone told Young during his own emotional account of the day’s events.

Fanone kissed a fellow officer outside the courthouse after sentencing. He did not speak to the media when asked for his reaction to the sentence.

Fanone was among the officers who testified before the United States House committee investigating the insurgency about the violence they experienced that day. Fanone told House investigators he was “caught, beaten, tasered, while being called a traitor to my country.” This aggression against him, which only stopped when he said he had children, caused him a heart attack.

Young, 38, of Redfield, Iowa, initially faced more than a dozen charges but pleaded to the only charge of assaulting an officer.

He went to the Capitol with his 16-year-old son and video released by federal prosecutors indicated that Young took part in the fighting on the lower west terrace of the Capitol, including at one point throwing a heavy speaker that punched another rioter, drawing blood. He used a strobe light to blind combat officers and at one point gave it to his son, allowing him to participate directly in the fighting, a point the judge used to illustrate his disgust at his actions that day- the.

Young’s attorney, Samuel Moore, argued that his engagement with the officer consisted of holding Fanone’s wrist for two to three seconds. He tried to convince the judge that the government’s request for seven years was excessive and “outside his specific criminal conduct.”

Young will also serve three years under supervision once released. A hearing will be held at a later date to determine its restitution. He was also ordered to perform 100 hours of community service.

“You are one of the most serious Jan. 6 offenders on my record and you were personally implicated and instrumental in one of the most horrific attacks on officers incarcerated in this building,” the judge told Young. “I have rarely in my years on the bench been presented with something like this.

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Associated Press writer Alanna Durkin Richer contributed from Boston.

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