Capitol rioter gets 12 years from Trump-appointed judge

Federal Judge Trevor McFadden (bio here), a Trump appointee, sentenced Christopher Quaglin (photo, left), a New Jersey electrician, to 12 years in prison for his participation in the Jan. 6, 2021, U.S. Capitol insurrection.

Quaglin didn’t help himself by mouthing off to the judge and expressing no remorse, but as one of the most violent rioters he was doomed to long years in prison anyway.

Arrested in February 2021 and denied pre-trial release, he’s already spent 3 years behind bars (see story here). His 12-year sentence is the 7th longest so far.

How did he earn it? By assaulting numerous cops. He tackled, choked, and injured one; attacked others with a police shield, steel bike rack, and pepper spray; and “struck or pushed” others while helping the mob break through a police line guarding the tunnel, Politico says (read story here).

I don’t think he’ll get a pardon if Trump regains the White House, because there’s nothing in it for Trump. The way Trump will see it, his usefulness ended when the riot failed to reverse the election. Quaglin’s life-changing mistake was giving his unquestioned loyalty to a man who’s loyal to no one but himself.

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