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Capitol rioter who carried zip-tie handcuffs in viral photo is sentenced to nearly 5 years in prison

  • Eric Munchel, also known as "zip-tie guy," has been sentenced to nearly five years in prison for his role in the Jan. 6 riot at the U.S. Capitol. His mother and co-defendant, Lisa Eisenhart, was sentenced to two-and-a-half years in prison. They were both found guilty of multiple charges, including conspiracy and obstruction.
  • Munchel and Eisenhart traveled from Nashville to Washington, D.C., wearing tactical vests and carrying zip ties. Once inside the Capitol, they planned to use the zip ties to restrain members of Congress. Munchel was captured in a widely-shared photo while climbing over a railing in the Senate chambers.
  • Prosecutors hoped that the sentences would serve as a deterrent for future similar actions, as there is concern for a potential repeat of the January 6 events. Several other Tennesseans have also been sentenced for their roles in the attack at the U.S. Capitol.
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