Iced Earth’s Jon Schaffer is now in the custody of the U.S. Marshals
Earlier this week, reports emerged that Iced Earth guitarist Jon Schaffer was being extradited to Washington, D.C. for his involvement in the U.S. Capitol riots on Jan. 6.
Now, it has been confirmed that Schaffer is in the custody of the U.S. Marshals.
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On Jan. 6, Jon Schaffer was identified among the Pro-Trump supporters who stormed the U.S. Capitol building. Shortly after, the guitarist was included on the FBI's wanted list before Indiana police confirmed he had been arrested on Jan. 17.
Currently, Schaffer faces six charges including “engaging in an act of physical violence in a Capitol building.” According to Indiana police, Schaffer allegedly sprayed police with bear spray.
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According to WishTV, some of the other charges Schaffer is facing include “disrupting the orderly conduct of government business” and “knowingly entering or remaining in any restricted building or grounds without lawful authority.”
Last week, reports emerged that government lawyers are requesting that the judge in his case deny his bail. However, it looks like Schaffer is still in custody. Earlier this week, we learned that Schaffer was being extradited to Washington, D.C. for his involvement in the Capitol riots.
According to Indiana Public Media, he waived the preliminary hearing after he was charged with multiple federal crimes from the U.S. Capitol riots. As a result, his attorney and legal team have agreed to handle all further court proceedings in Washington, D.C.
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Now, it looks like Schaffer is in U.S. Marshals custody. On Tuesday, reporter Brock E.W. Turner confirmed the news.
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During the Jan. 6 riots, Schaffer wore a baseball cap with the slogan Oath Keepers Lifetime Member. According to the Anti-Defamation League, the Oath Keepers are a large, loosely organized group of right-wing anti-government extremists who are part of a militia movement. Collectively, they believe the federal government has been infiltrated by a conspiracy that is trying to strip American citizens of their rights.
In a statement posted this week, the Indiana Oath Keepers deny that Schaffer is a member of their organization.
Schaffer's Iced Earth bandmates have released a statement denouncing the events that transpired. However, they failed to address Schaffer’s involvement in the insurrection. Additionally, singer Stu Block attempted to clarify his stance on the riots after a now-deleted post seemingly showed he was in support of the U.S. Capitol breach.
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Last week, we learned that Iced Earth’s label Century Media may be taking action following Schaffer’s arrest. Both of Schaffer’s projects – Iced Earth and Demons & Wizards – have disappeared from the label’s online roster. Although the bands no longer appear on the label’s current roster, they are also missing from the roster of former artists. As well, both of the band’s merch is no longer available on Century Media’s webstore.
Additionally, Iced Earth fans recently took to Schaffer’s Kickstarter campaign to express their thoughts on his involvement in the Jan. 6 events. Not too long ago, the guitarist launched a Kickstarter campaign for Wicked Words & Epic Tales, “a collection of Jon Schaffer’s lyrics, interviews and a chronicle of the artwork that they inspired.” The campaign has earned 666 backers and raised over $100,000.
However, many fans are now requesting refunds from Kickstarter, stating that they regret ever supporting Schaffer. Meanwhile, others are praising the guitarist’s recent actions and say that they cannot wait for his book to arrive.
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