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FORMER NYPD OFFICER SENTENCED TO 10 YEARS FOR ROLE IN JAN. 6 ATTACK

Thomas Webster, a retired New York City police officer and former marine who once served on NYC Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s protective detail, was sentenced to 10 years in prison on September 1 for his role in the January 6, 2021 attack on the U.S. Capitol. This is the longest sentence to date for a case related to the attack.

 

Webster was also given three years of supervised probation and was ordered to pay $2,060 of restitution.

Thomas Webster on January 6th

Webster was convicted of six charges in May. The charges were assaulting, resisting, or impeding a police officer using a dangerous weapon; civil disorder; entering and remaining in restricted grounds with a dangerous weapon; engaging in physical violence in restricted grounds with a dangerous weapon; and engaging in an act of physical violence on Capitol grounds.

 

Videos from January 6th show Webster emerging from the mob, screaming expletives at Capitol Police officers. He repeatedly pushed at barricades and swung a flagpole at Officer Noah Rathbun, continuing to attack him after breaking through the police line.

 

Evidence from the case suggests that Webster had been inspired by claims of election fraud spread online and by former President Donald Trump. 

 

Judge Amit Mehta, who presided over the case, described Webster as an ordinary American and public servant who “lost everything in a split second.”