Kyle Young sentenced for Jan. 6 attack on D.C. officer Michael Fanone

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A member of the mob that launched a series of violent attacks on police — including DC officer Michael Fanone — in a tunnel under the US Capitol on January 6, 2021, apologized to a judge on Tuesday. sentenced him to seven years and two months in prison.

Kyle Young, 38, is the first rioter convicted of the gang attack on Fanone, who was dragged into the crowd, beaten and electrocuted until he suffered a heart attack and lost consciousness.

“You were a wrecking ball of one man that day,” Judge Amy Berman Jackson said. “You were the violence.”

Fanone resigned from the DC Police Department late last year, saying fellow officers turned against him for speaking so openly about the Capitol attack and former President Donald Trump’s role in it. On Tuesday, Fanone confronted his attacker directly in court and told Young, “I hope you suffer.”

“Mr. Young’s attack on me cost me my career,” Fanone said. “It cost me my faith in law enforcement and many of the institutions I’ve devoted two decades of my life to.”

Young pleaded guilty in May to his participation in the group that attacked Fanone. Documents filed with his plea deal provide this account:

Young and his 16-year-old son joined the tunnel battle just before 3 p.m., and Young handed a tranquilizer rifle to another rioter and showed him how to use it. When Fanone was pulled off the police line, Young and his son pushed toward him through the crowd.

Soon after, authorities said, another rioter repeatedly shocked Fanone with the stun gun, and Young helped restrain the officer while another rioter stole his badge and radio.

Young lost his grip on Fanone as the crowd moved. He then pushed and then punched a nearby Capitol police officer, who had just been beaten with bear spray, according to documents filed with his plea.

Young also pointed a strobe light at the officers, jabbed them with a stick and threw a loudspeaker toward the police line, hitting another rioter in the back of the head, prosecutors said.

In a letter to the court, Young said he cried on the phone with his wife when he left DC

“I was a nervous wreck and extremely ashamed of myself,” he wrote. “I do not endorse or promote this as others have done. Violence is not the answer.”

In court, he apologized to Fanone, saying, “I hope you’ll forgive me one day. … I’m so, so sorry. If I could take it back, I would.”

Young has a long criminal history. While in prison for producing meth, he faced repeated sanctions for violence. His attorney said that after a difficult childhood, Young had sorted out his life, got married, raised four children and started working in the HVAC plant. He had not been arrested for ten years until January 6, his lawyer said.

His “January 6 behavior is isolated by a unique set of circumstances that occurred and are unlikely to be repeated,” his attorney, Samuel Moore, wrote.

Jackson said she believed Young had become a good husband and father. But she noted the lingering possibility of political violence, stating: Trump and his allies are responding to possible prosecution by “horribly predicting or even outright calling for violence in the streets.”

The sentence she gave Young is close to the legal maximum of eight years for assaulting a police officer.

Two of the other men accused of being involved in the attack on Fanone have pleaded not guilty. One admitted to dragging Fanone down the Capitol steps; he will be sentenced in October.

The Valley Voice
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Christopher Brito is a social media producer and trending writer for The Valley Voice, with a focus on sports and stories related to race and culture.

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