70-Year-Old Man Sentenced To Prison After Felony Charge For Jan. 6 Aggression

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Per a new press release from the U.S. Attorney’s office for Washington, D.C., a 70-year-old man was recently sentenced to just over a year in prison after pleading guilty last year to a felony criminal charge stemming from participation in the pro-Trump assault on the Capitol of January 6, 2021.

Defendant Avery MacCracken previously admitted to a charge of obstructing law enforcement officers during a civil disorder, and besides the imprisonment, his consequences also include 36 months of supervised release and $2,000 in penalties.

According to authorities’ retelling, MacCracken directly engaged with police officers during his time at the U.S. Capitol that fateful day. “With two hands balled into fists, he advanced toward a police officer and raised one fist as if to strike. The officer deflected the attack, but MacCracken grabbed another officer’s arm and uniform, tussling briefly,” said that press release, discussing one juncture of the events. Notably, MacCracken was apparently there for a while — meaning hours.

“Despite tear gas, flash bangs, and police efforts to dissipate the crowd, MacCracken participated in the riot on the West Front until approximately 5:00 p.m., when the police finally cleared the area,” said the press release.

Elsewhere, there is now new scrutiny on U.S. Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito after a news report revealed that his home apparently displayed imagery associated with this very movement — meaning “Stop the Steal,” in reference to the alleged “steal” of the 2020 presidential election. (It’s an upside down flag.) The incident dates to January 2021, after the Capitol attack already took place. Alito blamed his wife and credited the imagery showing up at all to an attempt to respond to supposedly demeaning signage displayed by a neighbor.