Shane Jason Woods, 45, has been sentenced to more than four years in prison for assaulting a police officer and a Reuters cameraman during the U.S. Capitol riot on January 6, 2021. Woods, of Auburn, Illinois, was the first person charged with assaulting a member of the news media during the insurrection. Federal prosecutors described Woods’ attack on the cameraman as resembling an NFL linebacker tackling a quarterback. He also attacked and injured a Capitol police officer, knocking her off her feet and into a metal barricade. Prosecutors stated that Woods targeted individuals smaller than him who had not provoked or engaged with him in any way.
Woods, who ran an HVAC repair business, was arrested in June 2021 and pleaded guilty to assault charges in September 2022. He has also been charged with first-degree murder in Illinois for a separate incident involving a wrong-way car collision that resulted in the death of Lauren Wegner. While awaiting trial for the January 6 case, Woods was involved in another incident where he drove drunk and in the wrong direction on a highway, causing a fatal crash.
U.S. District Judge Amit Mehta sentenced Woods to four years and six months of incarceration, slightly less than the recommended sentence of five years and 11 months by prosecutors. Woods remains in jail in Sangamon County, Illinois, awaiting trial for the murder charge.
The attack occurred during the Capitol riot, where Woods joined a mob of supporters of then-President Donald Trump who stormed the Capitol building, disrupting the joint session of Congress certifying Joe Biden’s electoral victory. Over 1,100 people have been charged with crimes related to the January 6 events, with approximately 800 pleading guilty or being convicted. More than 650 individuals have been sentenced, with the majority receiving prison terms ranging from three days to 22 years.