Metal Guitarist Who Stormed Capitol With Bear Spray Is First Rioter To Plead Guilty

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Jon Schaffer, a heavy metal guitarist who stormed the U.S. Capitol while wearing an Oath Keepers hat, pleaded guilty to two counts on Friday, becoming the first known Capitol insurrectionist to reach a plea deal with the federal government.

Schaffer, a lifetime founding member of the Oath Keepers, admitted that he “forcibly entered the Capitol to, and did, stop, delay, and hinder Congress’s certification of the Electoral College vote” while carrying “a deadly and dangerous weapon, that is, a [canister] of bear repellent capsaicin pepper spray, commonly referred to as…

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