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Virginia man who described Jan. 6 U.S. Capitol breach as ‘fun’ sentenced to six years in prison

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A Virginia man who sprayed a chemical irritant at officers during the Jan. 6, 2021, U.S. Capitol breach has been sentenced to 72 months in prison and 36 months of supervised release.

Markus Maly, 49, of Fincastle, was sentenced today. Maly was found guilty on Dec. 6 following a jury trial.

Maly was found guilty of multiple felonies for:

  • interfering with police during a civil disorder
  • two counts of assaulting, resisting or impeding certain officers using a dangerous weapon
  • entering and remaining in a restricted building with a dangerous weapon
  • disorderly or disruptive conduct in a restricted building or grounds with a dangerous weapon
  • engaging in physical violence in a restricted building or grounds with a dangerous weapon

He was also found guilty of:

  • disorderly conduct in a Capitol building
  • act of physical violence in a Capitol building or grounds

His actions and the actions of others disrupted a joint session of the U.S. Congress that was in the process of ascertaining and counting the electoral votes related to the 2020 presidential election.

According to court documents and evidence presented by the government at trial, Maly pointed and sprayed a chemical irritant at a line of police officers attempting to secure the area of the Lower West Terrace of the Capitol Building. He additionally assisted co-defendants Jeffrey Scott Brown and Peter Schwartz in the attack. Later in the afternoon, Maly exited the tunnel area with a riot shield and testified that he intended to take the shield home as a trophy.

Maly messaged his girlfriend in response to her concern about violence: “I know …I’ve got stories though,” and “I[t] was so fun …” he wrote.

“I stood my ground and went back for seconds and thirds even,” he wrote in conversations on social media following the attack.

He also told another individual through social media, and later admitted on the stand at trial, that his participation in the events of January 6 was “fun.”

More than 1,000 individuals have been charged in nearly all 50 states for crimes related to the breach of the U.S. Capitol, including nearly 350 individuals charged with assaulting or impeding law enforcement.

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Crystal Graham

Crystal Graham

Crystal Abbe Graham is the regional editor of Augusta Free Press. A 1999 graduate of Virginia Tech, she has worked for nearly 25 years as a reporter and editor for several Virginia publications, written a book, and garnered more than a dozen Virginia Press Association awards for writing and graphic design. She was the co-host of "Viewpoints," a weekly TV news show, and co-host of Virginia Tonight, a nightly TV news show. Her work on "Virginia Tonight" earned her a national Telly award for excellence in television.