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Iced Earth’s Jon Schaffer Facing Lawsuit From D.C. Attorney General Over His Role In Capitol Building Riots


Iced Earth‘s Jon Schaffer is among the 31 individuals named in a newly-filed lawsuit from the District of Columbia Attorney General Karl Racine. The latter filed suit today, December 14th in Washington, DC, accusing the individuals targeted in the lawsuit of “conspiring to terrorize” the district in relation to their involvement at the Capitol Building riots that took place on January 06th, 2021.

Schaffer has been described by authorities as being a member of the Oath Keepers—a far-right militia group. At least a dozen members of that organization were charged with a variety of offenses in relation to the incidents that took place this in Washington, DC this past January.

Racine is hoping the courts will find those involved in the riot, who have been identified by authorities as being members of the Oath Keepers and Proud Boys, to be liable for the millions of dollars spent handling the situation via the police, resulting medical bills and more. You can find a copy of that lawsuit here.

Schaffer was pictured within the Capitol Building amid the January 06th riots, having been seen in both pictures and surveillance footage. He turned himself into authorities on January 17th and spent close to two months in custody before being granted a conditional release this past April.

Schaffer‘s release came about as part of a plea deal, which saw him enter guilty pleas to the charges of obstruction of an official proceeding of Congress; and trespassing on restricted grounds of the Capitol while armed with a deadly or dangerous weapon. The dangerous weapon charge comes from the bear spray he was said to be armed with during his involvement in the riots. Several other charges were dropped as a result of the deal.

His release was granted as part of a cooperation agreement with the authorities, presumably in exchange for him to provide knowledge of the actions that took place that day and the potential involvement of the Oath Keepers organization. His final sentencing appears to be on hold until the full value of his cooperation can be determined.

This past January the Indiana chapter of that Oath Keepers, where Schaffer resides, publicly stated that he isn’t a member of their organization. That said, Schaffer was found to be wearing a hat promoting that organization during his participation in the riots.

According to his attorney Marc J. Victor, Schaffer was subjected to fecal & urine attacks perpetrated by other inmates during his time in custody on the initial charges. Several of his Iced Earth bandmates exited the band in the weeks after word of his involvement and have since gone on to publicly distance themselves from his actions.

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