Pennsylvania Man Receives 14-Year Prison Sentence For Using Pepper Spray On Jan. 6

A 49-year-old man from Pennsylvania was sentenced to over a decade in prison after he was convicted of assaulting police officers at the Capitol on January 6, 2021. 

Peter Schwartz was sentenced to 14 years in prison by U.S. District Judge Amit Mehta over actions including pepper spraying and throwing a folding chair at a group of Capitol officers.

Schwartz received the longest sentence so far for any of the January 6th related convictions. 

From The Daily Wire:

Prosecutors had asked that Schwartz, a welder with previous convictions for violence and threats of violence, be locked up for 24 years, a sentence Schwartz’s lawyers vigorously opposed. Defense lawyer Dennis Boyle said that a 24-year sentence “would give credence to all those who consider this a political prosecution.”

Schwartz was arrested while working as a welder in Pennsylvania, but has said that Kentucky is his home.

Mehta decided to give him 14 years, saying that his 38 prior convictions did play a role in the decision. He said that Schwartz was a “soldier against democracy,” claiming that he pushed forward “the kind of mayhem, chaos that had never been seen in the country’s history.”