According to a report from Blabbermouth.net, Iced Earth founder and mastermind 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. Although Schaffer was initially charged with six crimes, including engaging in an act of physical violence and targeting police with bear spray, he has agreed to plead guilty to only two charges: 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. It is believed this is the first guilty charge as a result of a plea deal of any person arrested in connection to the Captiol Riots. Schaffer was photographed wearing an “Oath Keepers Lifetime Member” cap during the insurrection. The Oath Keepers describe themselves as an association of former law enforcement and military personnel dedicated to “support and defend the Constitution against all enemies, foreign and domestic.” But the Anti-Defamation League describes it as “a large but loosely organized collection of right-wing anti-government extremists who are part of the militia movement, which believes that the federal government has been coopted by a shadowy conspiracy that is trying to strip American citizens of their rights.” While in jail, Schaffer distanced himself from the Oath Keepers and participated in “debrief interviews” starting in March, and the organization has said publicly they did not recognize Schaffer as a member as well.
Iced Earth guitarist and founder Jon Schaeffer and his lawyers have cut a deal in the case the US Government has building against him, bringing six federal charges his role in the insurrectionagainst the United States on January 6th at the Capitol. Schaeffer has charged with six federal crimes. Last week his attorneys filed a motion to dismiss the charges against the guitarist for his involvement under the claim that the government has violated the Speedy Trial Act, which establishes maximum time periods for different stages of federal criminal prosecution. Since the Speedy Trial Act required the government to file an information or an indictment within 30 days of Schaffer’s arrest, the “complaint must be dismissed,” they wrote. A judge had ruled that Schaffer would be held without bail until a trial.
Iced Earth guitarist and founder Jon Schaeffer has been held in an Indiana jail awaiting extradition for his role in the insurrectionagainst the United States on January 6th at the Capitol. Schaeffer has charged with six federal crimes. He has been in a cell since January 17th. Now, the attorneys have filed a motion to dismiss the charges against the guitarist for his involvement under the claim that the government has violated the Speedy Trial Act, which establishes maximum time periods for different stages of federal criminal prosecution. Since the Speedy Trial Act required the government to file an information or an indictment within 30 days of Schaffer’s arrest, the “complaint must be dismissed,” they wrote.
Back with their third full-length release, Californian act Witherfall return with prog guns blazing on Curse of Autumn (Century Media). Formed in 2013 by former White Wizzard frontman Joseph Michael, former White Wizzard and former Iced Earth guitarist Jake Dreyer, and the incredibly talented, but former, er… Justin Timberlake bassist Anthony Crawford, the band has produced another seriously heavy record that delivers riffs, hooks, and dazzling technicality.Continue reading →
(Since we ran this article Blabbermouth.net is reporting that lead guitarist Jake Dryer is focusing on Witherfall going forward.) Iced Earth singer Stu Block and bassist Luke Appleton have announced their effective departure from the band. Block, who joined Iced Earth in 2011 after fronting Into Eternity, issued the following statement via his social media: “Hey All, Well, there are times and events when you have to take stock and re evaluate your life, work, and trajectory for the future. That being said I have informed Jon [Schaffer, Iced Earth guitarist and leader] and his current management that I must announce my resignation from Iced Earth with immediate effect.
Iced Earth leader Jon Schaffer, who has been on The FBI’s 10 Most Wanted list, has been arrested for his role in the riot and insurrection at The US Capitol, on January 6th, 2021. According to a report by Metal Sucks, Schaffer turned himself into authorities around 3 p.m. Sunday (January 17), Chris Bavender, public affairs specialist for the FBI Indianapolis Field Office, said. He resides in Columbus, Indiana. The FBI Indianapolis Field Office released the following statement regarding Schaffer’s arrest:
Iced Earth’sStu Block, Luke Appleton, Brent Smedley, and Jake Dreyer collectively issued the following statement today regarding band founder and mastermind Jon Schaeffer’s actions during the domestic terrorism event in Washington DC on January 6th.
According to a published report by Blabbermouth.net and German newspaper Die Welt,Iced Earth mastermind and Demons and Wizards leader Jon Schaffer was among the protesters who breached the U.S. Capitolearlier today (Wednesday, January 6) as lawmakers counted the Electoral College votes certifying President-elect Joe Biden’s win. Photographs of Jon circulated on NBC News, causing wild speculation online in the media and among fans on Reddit, before being confirmed.
Iced Earth founder and guitarist Jon Schaffer and former Iced Earth singer Matt Barlow have shared a new lyric video for the Christmas classic “Silent Night.” The video was released supporting their new holiday EP Winter Nights out now. The new video follows their recently released video for “We Three Kings”. Check it out!