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Mark Mazza sentenced to five years for carrying two guns to the Capitol on January 6



Mark Mazza sentenced to five years for carrying two guns to the Capitol on January 6

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It’s about 590 miles from Shelbyville, Indiana, to the United States Capitol, and Mark A. Mazza wanted to be ready when he arrived in the nation’s capital for a rally on January 6, 2021. So he packed a .45 -caliber revolver, loaded with both shotgun shells and hollow point bullets, and a .40 caliber revolver.

“All I heard about in Indiana,” Mazza said, “is that DC is the murder capital.”

So he took the two loaded guns from the “Stop the Steal” rally at the Ellipse, led by President Donald Trump, with him to the Capitol and soon began brawling with police, court records and video. . During his first fight with officers on the west side of the Capitol, he fell and his Taurus “Judge” .45 caliber handgun fell from his belt, according to court records.

Rather than retrieve it, Mazza pushed on and found himself at the front of the crowd’s assault on officers in the Lower West Terrace tunnel. Videos show he helped lead the ‘heave-ho’ push at a door which partially crushed one officer and slipped a baton from another before smashing the officer’s hand with. He then recruited more rioters to join the protracted push to break into the halls of the Capitol, videos show.

“I could be a hero,” Mazza told Capitol Police investigators two months later, calling himself a patriot and saying he was angry with the state of the country. He told the police that if they came back to arrest him, “put me in a fed… I just want three places and a nice clean room, someone is looking after my health care and I am fine.”

Mazza, 57, has realized his wish to be placed in a Federal. A federal judge sentenced him to five years in prison on Friday, for assaulting police officers with a deadly weapon and carrying an unregistered firearm in the district. Mazza is one of seven people charged with carrying firearms at or near the Capitol on Jan. 6, and the fifth to plead guilty.

Prosecutors had sought a six-and-a-half-year sentence, saying the beating of a neighborhood boy last year showed he was still dangerous.

While Mazza was waiting to be arrested, according to court records, he attacked a 12-year-old child who made disparaging comments about the Trump flag hanging above Mazza’s home. Prosecutors said Mazza called the child an n-word, saying Trump “kills” people like him. A Shelbyville police report said Mazza grabbed the boy by the neck, tackled him to the ground and held him down. Shortly before his arrest on federal charges during the attack on the Capitol, Mazza was convicted of assault and fined.

When Mazza returned to Shelbyville, he called police on January 8 to report that his Judge Taurus had been stolen from his car at an Ohio casino. This lie, one of many told by Mazza over the following months, led investigators to visit Mazza in March 2021, where he told them he had not assaulted any police officers on January 6.

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“Didn’t swing, didn’t do anything,” Mazza told Capitol Police investigators. When asked if he had anything else to add, Mazza replied, “I never got to talk to Nancy,” referring to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-California). “I thought Nan and I were going to get along…I was glad I didn’t because you’d be here for another reason.”

When the police searched his home in November, Mazza revealed he also had a .40 caliber pistol at the Capitol on January 6, hidden in a floor safe. Police also seized over 1,000 rounds of ammunition from Mazza’s home along with the police baton he had stolen with the serial number. striped.

A man who drove from Shelbyville with Mazza, Roger K. Baugh, pleaded guilty Friday to felony civil disorder and is expected to be sentenced in January.

Mazza was the 48th rioter convicted of a crime. The average jail term for the Jan. 6 crimes is just under three years, according to a Washington Post database. Of the 880 rioters charged so far, more than 270 have been charged with assaulting police, the Justice Department said in a recent statement.

It’s unclear whether Mazza, carrying two guns, actually entered the Ellipse where Trump spoke on Jan. 6 and where the Secret Service was using metal detectors to screen attendees. At around 2:30 p.m., according to court records, Capitol police trying to hold the line at the barricades on the West Terrace were attacked by rioters. A sergeant reported that when he struck a man with his baton, the man fell and a loaded Taurus Judge revolver fell from the man’s pants, along with three .410 caliber shotgun shells and two rounds of .45 caliber hollow point.

After losing his first pistol, Mazza made his way to the West Terrace tunnel, videos show, where he helped direct the thrust at the officers, cursed them loudly, then grabbed the baton from Sgt. Phuson Nguyen and hit him with it. Nguyen was not seriously injured in this encounter, but later was knocked down at the front of the tunnel and chemical irritants were sprayed into his gas mask while he was momentarily pulled from his face.

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mazza then fought with police and held glass doors open to allow other rioters to confront police, while shouting epithets at officers, CCTV broadcasts. He then moved to the back of the crowd and can be seen pulling other rioters from outside to join the fray.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Tejpal S. Chawla said officers would have “pushed people out” of the tunnel if Mazza hadn’t recruited more people..

“Mr. Mazza, through his efforts, now makes this impossible,” Chawla said.

At the front of the scrum, DC Police Officer Michael Fanone can be seen telling Mazza to leave. When the crowd has gathered, the rioters fired Fanone outside, severely beat and tasered the officer. Prosecutors said Mazza helped shield Fanone and another shot officer until help could arrive. Mazza remained at the Capitol for another 90 minutes after being kicked out of the tunnel.

“I feel remorse for everything I did that day,” Mazza told U.S. District Judge James E. Boasberg. “I got caught up in the mob mentality that I never anticipated. I went for a rally, ended up in the Capitol. He said he was extorted, beaten and robbed while he was detained at Northern Neck Regional Jail for the past 11 months “I throw myself at the mercy of this court.”

“I don’t know what you were thinking in the tunnel that day,” Boasberg told him. “The videos are incredibly alarming. … The crowd isn’t accomplishing what it accomplished that day without numbers, and you were a big part of that.

Federal sentencing advisory guidelines set a range of 57 to 71 months for sentencing for assaulting a police officer with a deadly weapon (the baton) and six to 24 months for carrying an unregistered firearm . Prosecutors said 78 months would be in the middle of the two terms, if served consecutively. Boasberg imposed 60 months on the assault charge and six months on the firearm charge, running them simultaneously, saying he gave Mazza credit for helping the two shot officers and having served three years in the army in Germany.

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