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Ex-NYPD Officer Gets 10 Years in Longest Jan. 6 Sentence

  • Thomas Webster was convicted of assaulting police at Capitol
  • Former officer hit cops at Capitol with a metal flagpole
Thomas Webster leaves the federal courthouse in Washington, on Sept. 1. 

Thomas Webster leaves the federal courthouse in Washington, on Sept. 1. 

Photographer: Jose Luis Magana/AP Photo

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A retired New York City cop and former Marine was sentenced Thursday to 10 years in prison for assaulting police at the Capitol on Jan. 6, 2021, the longest sentence for crimes connected to the riot.

Thomas Webster was convicted May 2 of six criminal counts for assaulting a Washington Metropolitan Police Officer and attempting to hit officers with a metal flagpole. Federal prosecutors said Webster tackled the officer, choking him with the chinstrap of his gas mask, and led the assault on a line of police defending the Capitol.