“He was your prey,” Jackson mentioned. “He was your trophy.”
Head is the newest Jan. 6 defendant to face a prolonged jail sentence for bodily assaulting police. Jackson recently sentenced Kyle Younger — who additionally pleaded responsible to his function within the assault on Fanone — to 86 months. And in her sentencing, she made waves by calling out congressional Republicans for being “afraid” to problem Donald Trump’s lies concerning the 2020 election even amid rising threats to democracy.
Jackson delivered a equally stark warning at Head’s sentencing.
“The darkish shadow of tyranny sadly has not gone away,” she mentioned. “Some persons are directing their vitriol at Officer Fanone and never on the individuals who summoned the mob within the first place.”
Solely Thomas Webster, a former NYPD officer who was convicted at trial of brutally assaulting a Metropolitan Police officer trying to carry the road exterior the Capitol, has confronted an extended sentence to this point. U.S. District Courtroom Decide Amit Mehta sentenced him to 10 years in jail final month.
Practically 900 folks have been charged for his or her actions on the Capitol on Jan. 6, and greater than 400 have pleaded or been discovered responsible, primarily to misdemeanor offenses. However the variety of defendants going through sentences for extra severe crimes, like assaulting law enforcement officials or searching for to disrupt Congress’ session to depend electoral votes and affirm Joe Biden’s presidency, has begun to climb as these slower and extra difficult instances close to their conclusions.
In delivering her sentence, Jackson famous that Head — in contrast to Webster — pleaded responsible and accepted duty for his crime. She additionally acknowledged his fiancee, who was within the courtroom, and the hardship his prolonged incarceration would trigger for her and their three daughters. Head battled dependancy for a lot of his life and appeared to beat it seven years in the past, partly after assembly his now-fiancee, she mentioned.
“By all accounts, you’re a dedicated and concerned father, a loving and dependable and attentive son,“ she mentioned, additionally acknowledging that his father handed away whereas he was incarcerated. “I respect that your conduct that day and this sentence aren’t all there may be to you as a human being.”
Jackson additionally acknowledged the protection’s considerations that Head’s absence would create a hardship for his fiancee and kids, who relied on his monetary help and presence.
“Whether or not somebody commits a theft in an city alley or a rural minimart … It’s the companions who love them, the daughters and the sons … who bear the burden of carrying on for some time with out them,” she mentioned, however added, “It was the defendant who made the choice to go away them behind and face the actual threat he might get arrested.”
Jackson additionally famous that lots of the law enforcement officials assaulted on Jan. 6 misplaced their livelihoods as effectively.
“The people who find themselves upset want to grasp that regardless of how outraged they’re … after they determine to do battle with the officers who’re doing their responsibility, they are going to be held accountable,” she mentioned.