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Capitol rioter accused of bringing the taser that stunned cop Michael Fanone was given one of the harshest sentences yet

Trump supporters clash with police and security forces as people try to storm the US Capitol on January 6, 2021 in Washington, DC. Demonstrators breeched security and entered the Capitol as Congress debated the 2020 presidential election Electoral Vote Certification.
Trump supporters clash with police and security forces as people try to storm the US Capitol on January 6, 2021 in Washington, DC.

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  • A Capitol rioter was given one of the longest sentences so far, 86 months in prison.

  • Kyle Young, 38, is accused of bringing the taser that was used on D.C. Police Officer Michael Fanone.

  • Young was among the mob that attacked Fanone in the west tunnel on January 6, prosecutors say.

A Capitol rioter accused of bringing the taser that was used on a D.C police officer on January 6, 2021 was sentenced to 86 months in jail — one of the longest terms handed out over the riot so far. 

Judge Amy Berman Jackson sentenced Kyle Young, 38, on Tuesday. She said that Young brought the taser that another rioter used on then-Officer Michael Fanone, and that he had shown the rioter how to use it.

Fanone suffered a mild heart attack during the riot, and was given a brain injury and said he has experienced PTSD since. He was taken to the emergency room on the day of the riot, court documents say.

Young's 86-month sentence is one of the harshest ones handed down to any Capitol rioter so far, narrowly beaten by the 87 months imprisonment given to Guy Reffitt in August, as Insider's C.Ryan Barber reported.

Young's sentence was reported by The Washington Post and CNN.

Jackson told the court on Tuesday that Young brought a taser, and that same taser was used to stun Fanone, CNN reported.

Jackson said that Young had shown the other rioter how to turn the taser on, CNN reported. "You armed someone," Jackson said in court, per the outlet.

The Post also reported, citing court documents, that Young gave a taser to another rioter earlier in the day and showed him how to use it.The same taser was then used by a rioter on Fanone, the Post reported.

The statement of offense shown to the court said that when the taser was used on Fanone, he "experienced excruciating pain and was rendered momentarily helpless. He can be heard screaming on his body-worn camera."

It was pressed into the back of Fanone's neck as part of a group assault that left him unconscious for two minutes, the statement, seen by Insider, said.

Prosecutors alleged in court documents seen by Insider that Young took part in one of the major flashpoints of the riot, in the west terrace tunnel where Fanone was assaulted and lost consciousness. 

He was joined in the tunnel by his young son, who he brought with him to the Capitol, prosecutors said.

While in the tunnel, Young and the crowd surged against the police line, prosecutors said.

They said Young carried carried a strobe light joined others in throwing a large speaker into the crowd, injuring another rioter. 

Fanone was among the officers lined up against the rioters, and he was pulled from the line and into the crowd, who began to attack him, the prosecutors' statement said.

Fanone's body camera showed Young grabbing his wrist and pulling at it before the officer was dragged further into the crowd, per the statement.  

Jackson called Young a "one man wrecking ball" at the sentencing, and the rioter said he was "so, so sorry," according to the Post

Fanone has left the force, and has become one of the most vocal officers who served at the Capitol on January 6.

He has given striking evidence to the House select committee investigating the events.  

In the Tuesday hearing, Fanone testified that Young had prevented him from grabbing his "lifeline" of his radio or his gun, CNN reported. 

"The assault on me by Mr. Young cost me my career," he added, per CNN. 

Young apologized to Fanone, saying that what he did "eats at me every day," according to WUSA9

Young was charged on 13 counts in connection with the riot, but, after a plea deal, was found guilty of one count of assaulting and impeding a police officer on Tuesday. 

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