‘Shield Grandfather’ Sentenced to Prison by Judge in Jan. 6 Trump Case

WASHINGTON — The federal judge overseeing presumptive Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump’s criminal case, which began Jan. 6, sentenced a Capitol rioter who assaulted police officers to more than 4.5 years in prison on Thursday.

Anthony Mastanduno, known to online sleuths as “Shield Grampy,” pleaded guilty to nine criminal charges in March, around the time Trump was scheduled to go to trial in his own Capitol attack case, according to Judge Tanya Chutkan’s trial schedule set in August. (Trump’s trial has been put on hold while the Supreme Court considers his immunity request.)

Mastanduno’s arrest came in August 2023, weeks after Trump was arrested in the January 6 case brought against him by special counsel Jack Smith.

But Mastanduno’s case hasn’t faced the same delays as Trump’s. Chutkan ordered Mastanduno’s detention after he pleaded guilty in March. Trump, by comparison, is appearing Thursday night at a debate with President Joe Biden.

Anthony Mastanduno at the United States Capitol on January 6, 2021.United States District Court for the District of Columbia

Federal prosecutors argued for six years behind bars for Mastanduno, saying he “participated in some of the worst violence against law enforcement officers at the Lower West Terrace Tunnel during the assault on the U.S. Capitol.” UNITED STATES”.

One of the officers attacked by Mastanduno called Jan. 6 “horrible” and “upsetting,” saying the memories caused him to have trouble sleeping and difficulty trusting others. He considers Jan. 6 his “darkest day” ever, prosecutors wrote.

A defense memo cites Mastanduno’s work as a volunteer firefighter and his time in the Marine Corps, and includes a lengthy redacted section on the 61-year-old’s physical and mental health.

In the nearly three and a half years since the Capitol attack, federal prosecutors have charged more than 1,400 people and won convictions against more than 1,000 defendants. More than 540 of those defendants were sentenced to periods of incarceration ranging from a few days behind bars to 22 years in federal prison for a Proud Boys leader convicted of seditious conspiracy.

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