However, Schaffer is reportedly the only Indiana resident arrested for the Capitol riots that actually voted in the 2020 Presidential election. As well, it was the first time he voted in 12 years.
According to WishTV, four Indiana residents have been arrested for their involvement in the U.S. Capitol riots on Jan. 6. However, Jon Schaffer is the only one of those individuals who actually voted in the 2020 Presidential election.
The report states that Schaffer did vote in 2020, but it was his first time to do so in 12 years. According to his voting record, he did not vote in the 2016 general election where Donald Trump was elected.
Jon Schaffer, Columbus, IN, has been arrested in connection to Jan 6 incident at the U.S. Capitol. Schaffer faces 6 charges including engaging in an act of physical violence in a Capitol building. Schaffer was allegedly among rioters who sprayed Capitol police with “bear spray.”
— FBI Indianapolis (@FBIIndianapolis) January 18, 2021
According to WishTV, some of the charges Schaffer is facing include “disrupting the orderly conduct of government business” and “knowingly entering or remaining in any restricted building or grounds without lawful authority.”
So far, Schaffer has been in front of a federal magistrate twice but has chosen to stay in federal custody. Then, on Jan. 26, we learned that he was in the custody of the U.S. Marshals. This was after Schaffer was extradited to Washington, D.C. after his legal team agreed to handle all further court proceedings there.
Earlier this week, Schaffer’s longtime friend and Demons & Wizards collaborator Hansi Kürsch confirmed he is no longer involved in the musical project. On Monday, Feb. 1, he shared a statement with Rock Hard which has been translated from German.
“I told Jon and Century Media [Demons & Wizards’ record label] on Monday that I was leaving the Demons & Wizards project with immediate effect. My collaboration with Jon on Demons & Wizards is over.”
In mid-January, we learned that Century Media may be taking action following Schaffer’s arrest. Both of Schaffer’s projects – Iced Earth and Demons & Wizards – have disappeared from the label’s online roster. Although the bands no longer appear on the label’s current roster, they are also missing from the roster of former artists. As well, both of the band’s merch is no longer available on Century Media’s webstore. So far, the label has not released a statement regarding Schaffer’s arrest.
Schaffer’s Iced Earth bandmates have also released a statement denouncing the events that transpired last month. However, they failed to address Schaffer’s involvement in the insurrection. Additionally, singer Stu Block attempted to clarify his stance on the riots after a now-deleted post seemingly showed he was in support of the U.S. Capitol breach.
Along with all of this, fans recently took to Schaffer’s Kickstarter campaign to share their thoughts on his arrest. Many are now requesting that their donations to his Kickstarter for Wicked Words & Epic Tales, “a collection of Jon Schaffer’s lyrics, interviews and a chronicle of the artwork that they inspired,” be refunded. However, some are praising the guitarist’s actions at the Capitol. So far, the campaign has earned 666 backers and raised over $100,000.
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