Michigan Man Sentenced to Prison for Involvement in Capitol Riots
A 64-year-old man from Linden, Michigan, Matthew Krol, has been sentenced to prison for his role in the January 6 riots at the U.S. Capitol. Krol, an executive officer of the Genesee County Volunteer Militia and an associate of the extremist group Wolverine Watchmen, participated in storming the police line, assaulting officers, and causing significant harm. This article provides an overview of the case and its aftermath.
In August 2023, Matthew Krol pleaded guilty to assaulting, resisting, or impeding certain officers using a dangerous weapon—an offense classified as a felony. As court documents reveal, Krol actively participated in the violent clash between police and rioters, ultimately forcing officers to retreat from the West Plaza of the Capitol.
Involvement in the Riots
Krol joined the “Stop the Steal” rally in Washington, D.C., and later made his way to the U.S. Capitol building. He played a prominent role in instigating the confrontation with police officers, stealing a baton from an officer, and physically attacking at least three officers. His actions resulted in a severe injury to U.S. Capitol Police Sergeant Aquilino Gonell.
On December 15, 2023, U.S. District Judge Rudolph Contreras sentenced Krol to 51 months in prison, along with 36 months of supervised release. Krol was also ordered to pay $2,000 in restitution. The sentence aims to hold Krol accountable for his violent actions during the Capitol riots.
Aftermath and Ongoing Investigation
Since January 6, 2021, over 1,230 individuals have faced charges in connection with the breach of the U.S. Capitol. Among them, more than 440 individuals have been charged with assaulting or impeding law enforcement—considered a felony offense. The investigation into the events of that day continues.
The sentencing of Matthew Krol serves as a reminder that those who participated in the Capitol riots will be held accountable for their actions. The legal consequences aim to deter future acts of violence and safeguard the democratic process. If you have any information related to the events of January 6, 2021, please contact the FBI at 1-800-CALL-FBI (800-225-5324) or visit tips.fbi.gov.
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