The Hill reported late last week that yet another individual has been sent to prison over the January 6 riot on Capitol Hill.
According to the website, New York resident Jonathan Munafo was sentenced to three years behind bars this past Friday. What's more, Munafo was also sentenced to another three years of probation and must pay $2000 in restitution.
The Hill noted how Munafo pleaded guilty in April to two counts of assaulting police officers, with prosecutor alleging that he punched a members of the U.S. Capitol Police twice and stole his riot shield.
"The second punch from Munafo appears to have caused the officer’s head to snap back," press release put out by the Department of Justice states.
"Munafo then took the officer’s riot shield and slunk away into the crowd, leaving the officer without a shield and vulnerable to attacks from other rioters," it continues.
The press release further contends that he smashed windows with a flag pole after having attempted to climb his way up one of the Capitol's walls.
The Hill noted how Munafo pleaded guilty in April to two counts of assaulting police officers, with prosecutors alleging that he punched a member of the U.S. Capitol Police twice and stole his riot shield.
"The second punch from Munafo appears to have caused the officer’s head to snap back," a press release put out by the Department of Justice states.
Title 18, Section 1512 provides that an individual who "corruptly alters, destroys, mutilates, or conceals a record, document" or "otherwise obstructs, influences, or impedes any official proceeding, or attempts to do so" can be imprisoned for up to 20 years.
The men have pointed out that the charge stems from a law in 2002 following the collapse of Enron and is being misused in the contest of January 6.
"It is no overstatement to say the future of the First Amendment hangs in the balance," Lang's attorneys insisted in their brief to America's highest judicial body.
The lawyers maintain that a law "intended to combat financial fraud" has instead "been transformed into a blatant political instrument to crush dissent."
Newsweek noted that Lang, Fischer, and Miller are among the roughly 200 January 6 defendants who were charged with obstruction of an official proceeding.
Other examples include Jacob "QAnon Shaman" Chansley, Oath Keepers founder Stewart Rhodes, former Olympic swimmer Klete Kelle, and former President Donald Trump.