As previously reported, ICED EARTH guitarist Jon Schaffer has agreed to plead guilty for his role in the January 6 riot at the U.S. Capitol. As part of the plea deal, he is expected to enter into a cooperation agreement with the government.
The two charges he pled guilty to were obstruction of an official proceeding of Congress and trespassing on restricted grounds of the Capitol while armed with a deadly or dangerous weapon. The first charge is punishable by up to 20 years in prison, while the second carries up to a 10-year prison term.
CNN reports that prosecutors and Schaffer‘s attorneys agreed to recommend that he get between three and a half and four and a half years in prison, based on how fruitful his cooperation is with the government.
In a new interview with Metal Hammer, CANNIBAL CORPSE frontman George “Corpsegrinder” Fisher was asked if he has seen a meme (see below) of him and Jon Schaffer where he’s ranting in the Capitol Building while Fisher is smiling and carrying a bunch of stuffed toys. It says: ‘In a world of Jon Schaffers, be a Corpsegrinder’…
“[Looks embarrassed] Yeah,” he responded. “At first, when all that happened, I was just like, ‘Wow, dude what are you thinking?’ I understand if you think some things are not right in the country, but I would never go that extreme.
“I think my wife saw the meme first and she showed it to me. I was like, well that’s good, I’m glad some people think that highly of me. I think it’s justified at least on the basis that I would not be doing anything like that. But listen, I’m not trying to judge him.”