Jon Schaffer’s Sentencing Date For Participating In Capitol Riots Is Announced

A sentencing date has been scheduled for the Iced Earth guitarist Jon Schaffer for partaking in the U.S. Capitol riot. The guitarist participated in the January 6, 2021 dated riot, which resulted in him getting a sentencing date set for February 20, 2024.

On August 11, U.S. District Court Judge issued a minute order. It read:

“The Court hereby refers Defendant Schaffer to the U.S. Probation Office for preparation of a presentence investigation report. The Final Presentence Investigation Report shall be due on or before February 6, 2024. The Parties’ Sentencing Memoranda shall be due on or before February 13, 2024.

Replies, if any, shall be due on or before February 16, 2024. Reply briefs shall be limited to five pages. Sentencing for Jon Ryan Schaffer is hereby set for February 20, 2024 at 2:00 PM in Courtroom 10 before Judge Amit P. Mehta. Signed by Judge Amit P. Mehta on 8/11/2023.”

According to an April 2021 press release from the Justice Department, Schaffer has admitted to being a founding lifetime member of the extremist right-wing group Oath Keepers.

The FBI arrested the guitarist for his involvement in the Capitol riots. He was held in federal custody on six criminal charges, accused of spraying Capitol police with ‘bear spray.’

Prosecutors and Schaffer’s attorneys have agreed on a plea deal that suggests a prison sentence of 3.5 to 4.5 years, depending on Schaffer’s cooperation with the government. The agreement also includes a fine ranging from $15,000 to $150,000.

Schaffer could not be reached for further comments, and the band has not issued a statement regarding his arrest.