A 72-year-old Capitol rioter who beat a police officer with a Trump flag has received a nearly 4-year prison sentence

In this Jan. 6, 2021 file photo rioters supporting President Donald Trump storm the Capitol in Washington.
Howard Richardson pleaded guilty earlier this year to assaulting police officers during the Jan. 6 attack.
He entered restricted areas of the Capitol grounds and beat an officer with a Trump flag.
On Friday, he was sentenced to 46 months in prison, a $2,000 fine, and three years of supervised release.

Howard C. Richardson, a 72-year-old from Pennsylvania, was sentenced Friday to nearly four years in prison for beating a police officer with a Trump flag during the Jan. 6 attack on the Capitol.

Richardson, who pleaded guilty in April to a charge of assaulting a law enforcement officer, made his way to restricted areas of the Capitol grounds during the riot that interrupted Congress as members were counting electoral votes related to the 2021 presidential election, according to a statement released by the Department of Justice.

The Pennsylvania native told the FBI he was at the…

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