Jan. 6 rioter who used a stun gun on Officer Michael Fanone sentenced to prison

Daniel Joseph “DJ” Rodriguez has been sentenced to 12.5 years in prison for using a stun gun on Officer Michael Fanone during the Jan. 6 Capitol riot.

A case summary: Rodriguez pled guilty to conspiracy and obstruction counts in February, as well as assaulting a law enforcement officer with a deadly or dangerous weapon.
* U.S. District Court Judge Amy Berman Jackson also ordered him to serve 36 months of supervised release and pay $2,000 in restitution to the Architect of the Capitol and $96,927 to the Metropolitan Police Department for damages to Fanone.

The backstory: Rodriguez was part of a group that started a Telegram chat called PATRIOTS45MAGA Gang and traveled to Washington on Jan. 6, 2021, for the “Stop the Steal” rally.
* Video footage showed him deploying a fire extinguisher at a line of officers and using a wooden pole to shove officers before using a stun gun on Fanone.

Wider context: More than 1,000 people have been arrested in connection with the Jan. 6 riot, with nearly 350 charged with assaulting or impeding law enforcement.
* Oath Keepers’ founder Stewart Rhodes received the longest sentence so far related to the Jan. 6 crimes, with 18 years in prison for seditious conspiracy and other felonies.

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