Four-year prison term for Arkansas truck driver involved in Capitol riot


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Little Rock, Arkansas – An Arkansas truck driver implicated in the 2021 Capitol riot has received a prison term of over four years. The sentence comes as a result of his violent assault on a law enforcement officer using a flagpole amidst the disorder.

Peter Francis Stager, a 44-year-old resident of Conway was caught up in the chaos that ensued at the U.S. Capitol on January 6, 2021. In a harrowing event that took the nation by surprise, Stager was seen on camera forcefully hitting a Metropolitan Police Department officer with a flagpole, thrice. The alarming footage additionally showcased Stager standing over a critically wounded officer, berating him with obscenities.

“Every single one of those Capitol law enforcement officers, death is the remedy. That is the only remedy they get,” were Stager’s chilling words post the incident. His violent actions and comments, painted a disturbing portrait of that day’s violence, warranting stern punitive measures, as determined by Judge Rudolph Contreras.

In February, Stager admitted guilt to a felony charge of assaulting police with a lethal weapon, resulting in a sentence of four years and four months. The federal prosecution had initially proposed a stricter six years and six months sentence, but even with the trimmed sentence, the ramifications of his conduct will undeniably resonate for the foreseeable future.

These incidents took place during one of the day’s most volatile confrontations – a direct encounter between the rioters and police officers guarding the Capitol’s entrance. The prosecution in court emphasized that Stager’s actions were a flagrant violation of the rule of law.

Interestingly, Stager’s defense claimed that his presence in Washington, D.C. on that fateful day was primarily due to his occupation as a truck driver. He had a task to deliver produce a day before the rally and chose to attend the gathering organized by then-President Donald Trump, a decision he now profoundly regrets.

“Once the adrenaline wore off, Mr. Stager immediately called his wife to tell her he was horrified by his actions and that he was going to turn himself in upon returning to Arkansas,” stated his defense team.

Stager’s sentencing is part of a broader judicial clampdown on the Capitol riot participants. Over 1,000 individuals have been charged to date, with more than 620 having pleaded guilty. Approximately 600 have received their sentences, with penalties ranging from a few days to 18 years behind bars.

Stager’s case is a sobering reminder of that day’s aftermath, and the justice system continues to impose suitable legal consequences on the implicated individuals. As the nation introspects these occurrences, it is evident that the Capitol riots have far-reaching impacts, highlighting the crucial importance of maintaining law and order within a democratic society.


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