Jon Schaffer, of Tampa metal band Iced Earth, pleads guilty in wake of insurrection attempt

On brand for the guy who wrote a Civil War concept album.

Jon Schaffer, of Tampa metal band Iced Earth, pleads guilty in wake of insurrection attempt
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Jon Schaffer, frontman of Tampa metal band Iced Earth, has made history as the first defendant to plead guilty to federal charges earned during the Jan. 6 insurrection.

The Associated Press says Schaffer—responsible for the subject matter on Iced Earth’s 2004 Civil War-themed album The Glorious Burden—has also agreed to cooperate with federal investigators in hopes of a lighter sentence. The Justice Department is even considering placing Schaffer in the witness protection program.

Schaffer—a self-proclaimed Oath Keeper who stormed the Capitol in the wake of Donald Trump’s lies about a stolen election—is also accused of spraying police officers with bear spray. Reports say he pleaded guilty to two charges—obstruction of an official proceeding, and entering and remaining in a restricted building with a dangerous or deadly weapon.

Two members of Iced Earth have quit the band since Schaffer was identified as a participant in an insurrection attempt that left at least five people—including one officer—dead..

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Ray Roa

Read his 2016 intro letter and disclosures from 2022 and 2021. Ray Roa started freelancing for Creative Loafing Tampa in January 2011 and was hired as music editor in August 2016. He became Editor-In-Chief in August 2019. Past work can be seen at Suburban Apologist, Tampa Bay Times, Consequence of Sound and The...
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