Thomas Webster, a retired NYPD cop, was given a felony jail term of 10 years for his involvement in the January 6, 2021 uprising at the US Capitol that was intended to rig the presidential election.

In an effort to prevent the crowd of Trump supporters from accessing the building where Congress was certifying the 2020 election results, Webster was seen swinging a metal rod and grabbing at police officers.

He currently maintains the record for the lengthiest sentence imposed on a defendant from the January 6 case. Apart from his atrocious assault on a police officer, a major contributing factor to this was that he was the only defendant to decline to enter a plea and instead chose to make a weak self-defense argument. After two hours of discussion, the jury returned with a guilty decision, and the judge presiding over the case was obviously not pleased.




“The jury saw through it, I saw through it, it wasn’t that hard,” said U.S. District Judge Amit P. Mehta. “And I’m sorry you thought you could get up there and suggest otherwise.”

The jury also found that Webster had lied when he said he was merely attempting to let Officer Noah Rathbun, the policeman he had assaulted, “see my hands” in reference to the famed image of him clutching at the officer’s face shield. As he approached the police line after leaving the Donald Trump event, Mehta referred to him as “the first aggressor” and accused him of starting the wave of hostility that shortly burst through the line and made room for the assault on the Capitol.

“I think you were caught up in a moment, and as you well know, even being caught up in a moment has consequences,” said Mehta.

Investigators have more video that demonstrates him tearing down police barricades to allow the protesters to move freely.

Webster was also seen on camera choking Rathbun by his mask chin strap and trying to poke his fingers into Rathbun’s eyes, earning him the Twitter handle #EyeGouger. After all these pictures started appearing online, he turned himself into the police. Later, he pleaded with a court to let him transfer to a different jail because the one he was in had “inner city” inmates, and we all know what that is code for.

For charges that included assaulting a police officer, causing a disturbance, and entering a prohibited place with a weapon, the former officer could have received up to 17.5 years in jail. As is customary, his past association with the NYPD did not serve to defend him in this situation. Instead, the judge and the prosecutors felt that given his previous employment, he should have acted differently that day and refrained from abusing other law enforcement officers.

“Nothing can explain or justify Mr. Webster’s rage. Webster is one of the rioters who should have known better,” said Assistant U.S. Attorney Hava Arin Levenson Mirell. “No one knows better than a former cop how dangerous it was on Jan. 6.”

The majority of the insurrectionists have gotten away with brief jail terms, home monitoring, or probation, which has relieved those who opposed the rioters’ activities. Thomas Robertson and Guy Wesley Reffitt, who were both sentenced to seven years and three months in prison, equaled the previous record for the lengthiest term.