It appears Iced Earth frontman Jon Schaffer is nowhere to be found at the moment as the Washington, DC Attorney General continues to search for the guitarist linked to his role in the January 6th Capitol Riots.
According to a new article in The RepublicBailiffs have been trying to locate Schaffer to turn over documents informing him that the District of Columbia is taking action against him in connection with the riot.
There are said to have been 25 attempts to reach Schaffer at seven different addresses in three states without success as he kept dodging authorities who have been searching for him for months.
In December 2021, Washington DC Attorney General Karl Racine filed a lawsuit in federal court suing 31 people, including Schaffer, to recover millions of dollars paid on January 6, 2021 for the Capitol’s defense against the premeditated attack in an attempt to overturn the presidential election. You can see the full complaint here.
In April 2021, Schaffer (a member of extremist group The Oath Keepers) pleaded guilty to two counts against him for his role in the attack, including obstructing an official process of Congress and unauthorized entry into the Capitol while armed with a deadly or dangerous weapon.
The US Department of Justice, through Acting Assistant Attorney General John P. Carlin, released a statement stating: “On this 100th day since the horrific attack on the US Capitol on January 6th, Jon Schaffer, a member of the Oath Keepers , pleaded guilty to multiple felonies. including breaching the Capitol while wearing a tactical vest and armed with bear spray with intent to disrupt Congress’ certification of Electoral College results.
As Loudwire As previously reported, after completing a plea deal in April 2021, Schaffer was released on bail subject to a number of conditions, including subjecting himself to court oversight at his home base in Indiana, surrendering his passport and travel documents, and waiving the Right to own firearms. He is forbidden from staying away from DC except for court hearings. He faces up to 30 years in prison as part of his involvement in the riot activity, as well as the recent lawsuit seeking monetary damages.
Trials have attempted to personally serve Schaffer with court documents at residences in Columbus, Indiana (where he has several homes); Orlando, Florida, where his mother is said to live; and homes in Georgetown, Delaware and several locations in Florida, per The Republic. The article further notes that Schaffer “is required to notify (the) US Pretrial/Probation Office of any travel outside of the state of Indiana.”
The Republic also notes that it is “unclear whether federal law enforcement officials know of Schaffer’s whereabouts, whether they believe he violated the terms of his plea agreement, or whether they plan to provide information to the District of Columbia.” to serve him in the civil suit.” A pending status report for the criminal case is required by October 28.
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