Fox News Viewer Who Crushed Cop With Shield at Jan. 6 Riot Sentenced to Seven Years in Prison
Story by Jennifer Bowers Bahney • 4h ago
A man whose television was continuously tuned to Fox News, and who knew “next to nothing” about the 2020 election, has been sentenced to seven years in federal prison for his part in the Jan. 6 Capitol riot.
Courtesy U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Columbia
Patrick McCaughey III
participated in “some of the worst violence inside the lower west tunnel,” crushing an officer with a police shield, NBC News reported Friday
. The prosecutor had asked for a hefty 15-year sentence, which would have been the longest term given to a Capitol rioter. The judge in the case, Trevor McFadden
, is a Trump appointee.
McCaughey’s sister wrote a letter to the court explaining that her brother had been “radicalized” by their father, who only played “Fox News and Turner Classic Movies” in their home. She wrote that McCaughey’s “entire livelihood depended on having a good relationship with my father.”