(NationRise.com) – Daniel “DJ” Rodriguez, a 40-year-old man from California, was sentenced to over 12 years in prison for his role in the January 6, 2020, Capitol riots. As he was led from the courtroom, he turned and shouted, “Trump won!”
Amy Berman Jackson, the US District Judge presiding over the case, handed down a sentence of 12 years and seven months. The judge said that Rodriguez was a “one-man army of hate” who had gone on a spree of destroying property and attacking police officers.
Michael Fanone, one of the police officers attacked by Rodriguez, gave evidence at the trial, saying that his law enforcement career had ended prematurely when Rodriguez repeatedly drove a stun gun into his neck and shocked him multiple times, causing him to have a heart attack. Prosecutors had recommended a 14-year sentence for Rodriguez plus a fine of $100,000 to cover Fanone’s medical bills.
Rodriguez had pleaded guilty to a total of four felony charges, including assaulting a law enforcement officer with a deadly weapon. According to prosecutors, he had made his way to the front line of the rioters at the Capitol building, wielding a fire extinguisher and shoving a wooden pole at police officers before apparently being handed a stun gun by Kyle Young, one of the other rioters.
When a number of other rioters subsequently attacked Officer Fanone, Rodriguez applied the stun gun to Fanone’s neck as he was being held in a headlock and shocked him multiple times. Fanone managed to escape the headlock but fell back and collapsed before being taken to a hospital. Rodriguez subsequently entered the Capitol building and began destroying property and smashing windows.
He had posted on social media before the attack on the Capitol, saying, “The revolution is here. There will be blood.”
Only two other defendants in the Capitol riot prosecutions have received longer sentences, and there have been hundreds of people sentenced for their role, receiving sentences of between seven days and 18 years.
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