A New Yorker who punched a police officer and took a riot shield during the attack on the Capitol on January 6, 2021 was sentenced Friday to nearly three years in prison.
Jonathan Munafo, 36, is expected to serve 33 months in prison, including 36 months of supervised release, after pleading guilty in April to two criminal charges of assaulting, resisting or obstructing certain police officers and causing civil disorder.
On the day of the attack, Munafo cheered with other rioters as they tried to break into the Capitol in Washington, according to the Justice Department.
“He used two different poles to strike the window of a Capitol office approximately 13 times,” the DOJ said in a press release. “Munafo often looked at the crowd, shouting, chanting and trying to annoy the other rioters. »
Later that afternoon, Munafo punched a member of the Metropolitan Police twice before grabbing him with the officer’s shield.
“Munafo’s second punch appears to have caused the officer’s head to move back,” the press release states. “Munafo then took the officer’s riot shield and slipped into the crowd, leaving the officer shieldless and vulnerable to attacks from other rioters.”
Around 140 police officers were injured on the day of the attack. Others then committed suicide.
Munafo is among more than 1,100 people charged for their role in the riots.
Several members of the violent neofascist gang the Proud Boys were recently sentenced to years in prison in connection with the attack. Henry “Enrique” Tarrio, the group’s former president, received the longest sentence in any of the Jan. 6 cases when a judge slapped him with 22 years in prison earlier this month.
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