Michigan Man Sentenced for Capitol Riot Attack
A man from Michigan has been sentenced to over four years in prison for his involvement in the January 6, 2021, riot at the U.S. Capitol. Matthew Thomas Krol, a self-professed militia leader, attacked law enforcement officers with a stolen police baton during the riot.
Instigator of Violence
Krol assaulted multiple officers with the stolen baton, causing injuries. Prosecutors claimed that he was one of the worst instigators of violence during the riot, which led officers to retreat from the mob of rioters.
Caught on Video
Videos captured Krol’s attacks on officers, including Capitol Police Sgt. Aquilino Gonell. Krol swung the stolen police baton at Gonell, injuring his hand.
Apology and Sentencing
Before his sentencing, Krol apologized to Gonell and received a prison sentence of four years and three months. He will receive credit for the time he has already spent in jail since his arrest.
Former Officer’s Plea
Gonell requested that the judge hold Krol accountable for his actions on January 6, emphasizing the impact it had on his life and career.
Connections to Militia Group
Krol is associated with the Genesee County Volunteer Militia and had connections to members of the Wolverine Watchmen paramilitary group. Although not directly involved in their kidnapping plot, Krol exchanged private messages with militia leaders and expressed his willingness to use violence for political objectives.
Defense attorney Michael Cronkright argued that Krol’s statements were hyperbolic and regrettable. He emphasized that Krol was not closely associated with the Wolverine Watchmen and was unaware of their plot.
Guilty Plea and Sentencing Recommendation
Krol pleaded guilty to assault charges, and prosecutors recommended a prison term of six years and six months.
During an interview with U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers, Krol accused them of targeting him at the border due to his support for former President Donald Trump. He referred to the January 6 riot as a peaceful protest and claimed to be more patriotic than the officers questioning him.
Cronkright highlighted Krol’s decades-long dedication to missionary and disaster relief work. He emphasized that Krol’s attack on police lasted less than a minute and does not define his character.
Capitol Riot Statistics
Over 1,200 people have been charged with Capitol riot-related federal crimes, with approximately 900 pleading guilty or being convicted. More than 700 people have been sentenced, with the majority receiving prison terms.
Read More of this Story at www.nbcchicago.com – 2023-12-15 22:03:57
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