Washington -- September 28, 2022: An Iowan man who assaulted a police officer on January 6, 2021, during the breach of the U.S. Capitol was given an 86-month jail sentence Tuesday.
His and other people's efforts caused a joint session of the US Congress to be called in order to determine and tally the electoral votes for the presidential election.
The District of Columbia Kyle Young, sentenced 38, of Redfield, Iowa.
At the sentencing of a Capitol rioter, Judge Amy Berman Jackson rebuked Republican leaders for "cagily predicting or even outright calling for violence in the streets if one of the multiple investigations doesn't go his way."
"The judiciary," she said, "has to make it clear: It is not patriotism, it is not standing up for America to stand up for one man who knows full well that he lost instead of the Constitution he was trying to subvert."
“Some prominent figures in the Republican Party … are cagily predicting or even outright calling for violence in the streets if one of the multiple investigations doesn’t go his way,” Jackson said.
Young, according to court filings, was a part of a crowd that attacked law enforcement officials at the Capitol's Lower West Terrace and the archway leading into the building. In order to stop the mob from entering, a line of police officers from the MPD and U.S. Capitol Police gathered at the door.
Young joined the rioters who were pushing up against the police line at about 2:54 p.m. He held a strobe light at the police line while in the tunnel area underneath the Archway and pushed a stick-like thing forward. He helped toss a huge audio speaker in the direction of the police line. Around 3:18 p.m., a rioter pulled a Metropolitan Police Department officer through the tunnel and into the crowd outside as police started to push the mob away from the doors.
The MPD officer was attacked by rioters, including Young, when he was in the throng. The officer was wearing a uniform, a marked helmet, and a tactical vest. Young pushed the officer's arm away from his body while holding onto his left wrist. The MPD officer was thereafter sucked deeper into the mob. He was repeatedly shocked with a taser to the back of his neck, briefly rendered immobile.
According to court records, Young also made contact with the helmet of a Capitol Police Officer who was dragged into the crowd as the fighting raged in the Lower West Terrace area.
The day of Young's arrest was April 14, 2021. He was charged in April 2021 together with two other suspects for allegedly taking part in the same assault. On May 5, 2022, he entered a guilty plea to assaulting, obstructing, or restraining officers. He will be given a three-year supervised release following his prison sentence. He must also make a $2,000 reparation payment.