‘One-man wrecking crew’ on Jan. 6 sentenced for assaulting police with metal baton and passing lamp, table leg and lumber to rioters

Background: Curtis Logan Tate, circled in yellow, attacks a police officer with a metal baton (red), as pepper spray (orange circle) is deployed. Police identified Tate, in part, by his tattoo (blue circle). Inset: Tate

Background: Curtis Logan Tate, circled in yellow, attacks a police officer with a metal baton (red), as pepper spray (orange circle) is deployed. Police identified Tate, in part, by his tattoo (blue circle). Inset: Tate’s Instagram post on Jan. 6, 2021, with metal baton (circled in red). Photos provided by U.S. Justice Department.

A “one-man wrecking crew” from Indiana who assaulted police at the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6 with a metal baton, threw a speaker box at another officer and helped pass along makeshift weapons to other rioters including a broken table leg, floor lamp and a long piece of lumber, was sentenced to five years in prison on Tuesday.

Curtis Logan Tate, 33, of Jeffersonville, was arrested in August 2023 and charged with assaulting officers with a dangerous weapon, civil disorder, entering and remaining in a restricted building or grounds, engaging in physical violence in a restricted building or grounds, destruction of government property, disorderly conduct and engaging in an act of physical violence on Capitol grounds.

Facing eight counts, Tate struck a deal with federal prosecutors in March and pleaded guilty to the assault charge.

A sentencing memorandum filed on July 2 shows prosecutors sought a sentence of six years and six months.

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