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Patrick McCaughey IIILast Updated: January 22, 2024


Ridgefield, Connecticut

Insurrection Related Information

  • Present at Capitol on 1/6

Litigation Details

  • Sentenced on Apr 14, 2023

Executive Summary

Patrick Edward McCaughey III was charged with assaulting, resisting, or impeding certain officers or employees; civil disorder; entering restricted building or grounds; and violent entry or disorderly conduct.

**“The vicious attack on Officer Hodges was abhorrent and quintessentially un-American,” said Acting U.S. Attorney Michael R. Sherwin. **

In the front line of rioters, an individual, who has subsequently been identified as McCaughey can be seen using a clear police riot shield to physically push against the left side of an officer’s body. The officer was pinned between the clear police riot shield being held by McCaughey and the lower west terrace door. The officer appeared to be loudly crying out in pain. As the officer was being pinned to the door by McCaughey, a separate rioter was violently ripping off the officer’s gas mask, exposing the officer’s bloodied mouth.

As McCaughey was using the riot shield to push against the officer, numerous other rioters behind and around McCaughey appeared to add to the weight against the officer.

Litigation Details

Case File:



  • Assaulting, Resisting or Impeding Certain Officers or Employees
  • Civil Disorder Restricted Building or Grounds
  • Violent Entry or Disorderly Conduct

Timeline of Litigation

  • Arrested

    | January 19, 2021
  • Charged

    January 29, 2021 "Indicted 1/29."
  • Charged

    April 16, 2021 "Second superseding indictment issued 4/16."
  • Charged

    March 3, 2021 "Superseding indictment issued 3/3."
  • Status Conference

    September 20, 2021 "Status conference set for 9/20 at 2 pm."
  • Trial

    September 13, 2022 "Found guilty 9/13/22 of a total of nine offenses. They include 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. The two misdemeanor charges include: disorderly conduct in a Capitol Building and committing an act of violence in the Capitol Building or grounds."
  • Sentenced

    April 14, 2023 "Sentenced to 90 months’ incarceration 36 months’ supervised release $2,000 restitution"

Sentencing Details

  • Prison: 90 month(s)
  • Parole/Supervised Release: 36 month(s)
  • Fine/Restitution: $2000

Press Coverage

  • Connecticut Man Sentenced for Felony and Misdemeanor Charges Related to Capitol Breach

    Published on April 14, 2023 Read at US DOJ
  • Three Men Found Guilty of Felony and Misdemeanor Charges Related to Capitol Breach

    Published on September 13, 2022 Read at US DOJ
  • Connecticut Man Charged with Assaulting an Officer During U.S. Capitol Breach

    Published on January 20, 2021 Read at US DOJ

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