A Virginia man was sentenced for assaulting law enforcement during the riot of the U.S. Capitol on January 6, 2021, the Department of Justice announced.
Virginia Man Sentenced For Assaulting A Police Officer
The 49 years old Virginia man, Markus Maly of Fincastle, Virginia, was sentenced to 6 years behind bars, and 3 months of supervised release for his actions during the January 6 Capitol Breach.
According to the United States Department of Justice that Maly was found guilty of interfering with police during a civil disorder; two counts of assaulting, resisting, or impeding certain officers using a dangerous weapon; entering and remaining in a restricted building with a dangerous weapon; disorderly or disruptive conduct in a restricted building or grounds with a dangerous weapon; engaging in physical violence in a restricted building or grounds with a risky weapon, all felonies; disorderly manners in a Capitol building, an act of physical brutality in a Capitol building or grounds.
On December 6, 2022, Maly was found guilty following a jury trial before US District Court Judge Amit Mehta.
Court documents and evidence presented by the government at trial stated that on January 6, Maly indicated and sprayed a chemical irritant at a line of police officers trying to ensure the area of the Lower West Terrace of the Capitol Building.
Jeffrey Scott Brown and Peter Schwartz were also helped by Malay co-defendants with spraying the police by bringing a can of spray from Schwartz and passing the can to Brown. Later in the afternoon, Maly escaped through the tunnel area with a riot shield and testified that he intended to take the security home as a trophy.
The Virginia Man Contacted His Girlfriend
January 6, Maly messaged his girlfriend in response to her concern about violence at the Capitol, and wrote, “I know I’ve got stories though,” and “It was so fun.”
The following day, Malay claimed that in one of the conversations on social media, that he stood on his ground and headed back for seconds. He also described another individual through social media, and later admitted on the stand at trial, that his participation in the Capitol riots on January 6 was fun.
The investigation is still ongoing and Police Are asking anyone to contact 1-800-CALL-FBI if you have any information related to the case or visit tips.fbi.gov.