Capitol Rioter Who Used A Flagpole To Attack Police Gets Years-Long Prison Sentence

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An admitted participant in the violent chaos at the U.S. Capitol on January 6, 2021, who was identified by the federal Justice Department as 73 years old was sentenced this week to two and a half years in prison.

Defendant Dale Huttle admitted to one count of assaulting, resisting, or impeding police using a dangerous weapon and causing serious bodily injury, which could spur a much longer sentence (apparently up to 20 years). Presumably, Huttle’s admission of the crime and his age weighed on the judge’s decision to sentence him to something lower, though authorities did note that in a media interview, Huttle said: “I have no regrets. I will not say I’m sorry.”

Huttle participated in the Capitol chaos alongside his nephew Matthew Huttle, who was also charged and who already reached sentencing. The older Huttle used a flagpole against police officers at multiple junctures that day, according to authorities. Notably, the flagpole started out carrying an upside down American flag — the same imagery that recently spurred controversy after a news report said it was also seen outside a residence of U.S. Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito, known as a staunch conservative. Alito credited his wife and a dispute with a neighbor for the display.

The Huttles were outside the Capitol building just before it was breached for the first time by participants in the melee and stuck around for hours, according to authorities’ timeline. And Dale apparently used his flagpole to seriously damaging effect.

“As the officers struggled to maintain control of the bike racks, Huttle lunged forward toward the officers and forcibly jabbed his flagpole directly into the stomach of a Metropolitan Police Department (MPD) Officer,” a press release says of one juncture. They “lost their footing and fell backward on the stairs” and sustained a slipped disc in their back, according to the same recounting. Huttle also targeted a second officer, apparently making them fall down a series of stairs.