Georgia Business Owner Sentenced to Nearly Five Years for Capitol Riot Assault

Jimmy Williams

A Georgia business owner, Jack Wade Whitton, received a nearly five-year prison sentence for his role in the Capitol riot on January 6, 2021. Whitton was convicted of assaulting law enforcement officers during the insurrection, including striking an officer with a metal crutch and dragging him into the crowd, where he boasted about “feeding him to the people.”

Prosecutors detailed Whitton’s repeated attacks on police, including attempts to pull a second officer into the mob and threats directed at law enforcement. Despite expressing remorse for his actions, Whitton was sentenced to four years and nine months in prison by U.S. District Judge Rudolph Contreras, with credit for the time he has already served since his arrest.

Whitton, who pleaded guilty to assault charges, emphasized that he had never been politically inclined and portrayed himself as a hardworking and law-abiding citizen. However, the judge described videos of Whitton’s assaults as “gruesome” and noted that he appeared to be “out of control” during the riot.

Prosecutors recommended a longer prison term, citing Whitton’s active role in attacking police officers. They highlighted how Whitton’s actions, along with those of his co-defendant Justin Jersey, contributed to the escalation of violence at the Capitol that day.

Whitton was part of a group of nine defendants charged in connection with the assault. Two of his co-defendants aided him in dragging an officer into the crowd, where the officer was subsequently attacked by other rioters. Whitton later texted images of his bloodied hands, indicating his involvement in the assault.

While Whitton’s defense attorney argued that his motives were not politically driven, emphasizing his desire to support his girlfriend at the rally, prosecutors underscored the severity of his actions and their impact on law enforcement.

The sentencing of Whitton adds to the growing number of individuals facing legal consequences for their participation in the Capitol riot, with over 1,350 people charged with federal crimes related to the event. As the judicial process unfolds, the repercussions of the insurrection continue to reverberate across the nation.

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