Jon Schaffer must’ve felt the weight of federal officers watching over him because the member of Tampa metal icon Iced Earth has officially turned himself in to face what the Indianapolis Star says are six charges, including physical violence in a Capitol building.
The 52-year-old was quickly identified by fans in the wake of the Jan. 6 insurrection at the Capitol where Schaffer was pictured wearing a hat that said “Oath Keepers Lifetime Member.” The Southern Poverty Law Center says the group “claims only to be defending the Constitution, the entire organization is based on a set of baseless conspiracy theories about the federal government working to destroy the liberties of Americans.”
The Washington Post cited authorities who place Schaffer—and Indiana native who would often travel to Tampa Bay to complete records at famed Morrisound studios—among rioters who targeted U.S. Capitol Police with bear spray.
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