A Michigan man was sentenced Friday for assaulting law enforcement officers and inflicting bodily injury during the breach of the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6, 2021.
Justin Jersey, 32, of Flint, was sentenced to 51 months in prison.
In addition to the prison term, he was ordered 36 months of supervised release and restitution of $32,165.65.
Jersey pleaded guilty on September 7, 2022, in the District of Columbia, to assaulting, resisting, or impeding certain officers, inflicting bodily injury.
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According to court documents, on Jan. 6, Jersey was part of a mob that confronted law enforcement officers at an archway leading into the Capitol Building from the Lower West Terrace. At approximately 4:26 p.m., Jersey was on the steps leading to the Archway and carrying a large, gnarled stick.
He raised the stick behind his head and moved towards the Archway. Jersey eventually gave the stick to another rioter, but at 4:27 p.m., he sprang at the line of officers who were positioned at the opening of the Archway. He grabbed one officer’s face, knocking the officer to the ground, then grappled with the officer over the officer’s baton.
Another rioter then kicked the officer, who was still on the ground. As a result of the attack, the officer sustained serious physical injuries, including a laceration to his head, and bruising and abrasions to his body. Jersey, meanwhile, was able to grab another baton and used it to strike at other officers in the Archway.
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Jersey was arrested in Flint, Michigan, on Dec. 2, 2021.
Jersey is among a group of defendants named in one indictment returned in the District of Columbia. Three co-defendants pleaded guilty and are awaiting sentencing; four other co-defendants are awaiting trial.
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