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Man receives 6-year prison sentence for assaulting police with pole at Capitol

A man convicted of assaulting police officers during the U.S. Capitol riot was sentenced to six years in prison. David Joseph Gietzen, 31, of North Carolina, struck an officer with a pole during the January 6, 2021, attack. He showed no remorse, believing he did the right thing. Gietzen was unapologetic and held baseless beliefs about the election being stolen. Prosecutors wanted a 10-year sentence, while defense sought four years. Gietzen’s actions were driven by disrespect for law enforcement and democracy. He bragged about his involvement in the riot, but now claims to no longer be interested in politics.


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