Jan. 6 Defendant Who Crushed an Officer in Doorframe is Sentenced to Over 7 Years in Prison

Patrick McCaughey III, who was dubbed #ThePinman by online sleuths, was present during some of the worst violence inside the lower west tunnel, the spot where presidents emerge during inauguration ceremonies. McCaughey was sentenced by Judge Trevor McFadden, a Donald Trump appointee who previously delivered the only full acquittal for a Jan. 6 defendant to date and has imposed more lenient sentences than other judges in the Capitol riot cases.

Federal prosecutors sought a sentence of more than 15 years — 188 months — in federal prison, which would have broken the record for the longest sentence in a Jan. 6 case: the 10-year sentence given to former New York City Police Department officer Thomas Webster.

In a letter to the court, McCaughey’s sister wrote that her brother has been radicalized because of their father, who only played two TV channels in their home: “Fox News and Turner Classic Movies.” Things “would get ugly” if you disagreed with the elder McCaughey, she wrote, writing that her father attempted “to convert everyone around him to the glory that was Donald Trump to him.” McCaughey’s sister noted that her brother’s “entire livelihood depended on having a good relationship with my father.”


Crushed DC Police Officer Daniel Hodges

 Over 25 pages, his attorney, Boyle, repeatedly described his 25-year-old client’s “selfless” nature and role as a “pillar in his community” – the affluent Connecticut town of Ridgefield. McCaughey blamed his father, described variously as a “fervent Trump supporter” and “radical,” for his presence in D.C. His aunt is quoted as remembering him as an “especially kind and thoughtful child.”

McCaguehy also spoke — striking a different tone than his sentencing memo. In a quiet monotone, he told McFadden he’d acted like a “thug” on Jan. 6 and apologized to the “exhausted, beaten” officers he’d assaulted as part of an “unrelenting mob.” He also apologized to his mother, who was in the courtroom to hear his sentence.

“I’m sorry mother for the anguish I’ve caused and the disappointment I’ve become,” he said. “None of this is your fault.”


Tourist McCaughey was found guilty of seven felony charges:

  • Three counts of aiding or abetting or assaulting, resisting, or impeding law enforcement officers, including one involving a dangerous weapon;
  • One count of obstruction of an official proceeding;
  • One count of interfering with a law enforcement officer during a civil disorder;
  • One count of disorderly and disruptive conduct in a restricted building or grounds with a deadly or dangerous weapon; and
  • One count of engaging in physical violence in a restricted building or grounds with a deadly or dangerous weapon

He was found guilty of two misdemeanor charges:

  • One count of disorderly conduct in a Capitol Building; and
  • One count of committing an act of violence in the Capitol Building or grounds


Forbes shows the area where McCaughey’s father lives and the thug was arrested.

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