NBC News reports:
A heavy metal guitarist with ties to the Oath Keepers will plead guilty Friday to two crimes related to the Capitol insurrection, according to court documents, making him the first rioter to plead guilty. Court documents indicate that Jon Ryan Schaffer, from the heavy metal group Iced Earth, will plead guilty to obstruction of an official proceeding and entering a restricted building with a deadly or dangerous weapon. He brought bear spray into the Capitol.
ABC News reports:
Schaffer could be seen near the front of the mob, wearing a blue hooded sweatshirt, a tactical vest and black leather fingerless tactical gloves, and pointing his finger while yelling at the officers. Schaffer was photographed wearing an “Oath Keepers Lifetime Member” cap during the insurrection.
In January, German daily newspaper Die Welt uploaded a video interview it conducted with Schaffer last November at a Washington, D.C. demonstration supporting Donald Trump and protesting the 2020 presidential election results.
In the chat, the guitarist said that “a group of thugs and criminals hijacked this country a long time ago” and warned that “they’re messing with the wrong people here. Because now we see you, and you’re going down. Mark my words.”
BREAKING: first to flip? 100 days after #Capitol siege, plea deals begin.
Founding #Oathkeepers member & Iced Earth guitarist to plead guilty to 2 felonies… and cooperate in investigating others.
— John Scott-Railton (@jsrailton) April 16, 2021
ALERT: The front man of the heavy metal band “Iced Earth,” an anarchist with far-right extremist views is about to PLEAD GUILTY in US Capitol Insurrection. Accused of carrying bear spray and charging at police.
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— Scott MacFarlane (@MacFarlaneNews) April 16, 2021