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.
Last night, Dee Snider shared a CNN article about Schaffer‘s guilty plea, and he included the following message on his Twitter: “THIS PIECE OF SH*T IS AN EMBARRASSMENT TO THE METAL COMMUNITY! First he shames us with his terrorist actions on in DC, and THEN he becomes a rat to his own people for a lighter sentence! MAN THE F*CK UP! Own your sh*t! If you do the crime, do the time!”
When Snider‘s fan then defended Jon, by writing: “At least he had the balls to stand up for what he believes in!!!!!”, Snider fired back with: “How do you feel about him being the first to plead guilty and cooperating with the Feds to lessen his sentence? Not what I call stand up.”
Dee added in a later tweet: “Let me be clear on this: No one should ever rat out or throw their friends, families or cohorts under the bus. That’s pussy bullsh*t. It’s a problem with today’s society. Everyone is so ‘tough’ until they get caught. Then they are quick to blame everyone else.
“Hey, the authorities have always gotten a lot out of rats (my dad was a cop), but he still raised me to keep your mouth shut and suffer in silence. They call them rats for a reason. #snitchesgetstitches”.