Capitol Rioter Who Joined White Supremacist Gang While in Prison for Attempted Murder Sentenced to Time Served

Every day, we see more evidence that America isn't taking the attack on the U.S. Capitol very seriously.

Michael Curzio
Michael Curzio
Photo: Marion County Jail

Have you ever sat around wondering, “What does a white man in America have to do to stay locked up?” Well, if you have, you can, unfortunately, cross “be convicted of attempted murder, join a white supremacist prison gang and then later take part in an attempt to overthrow the U.S. government” off of your list of potential offenses that will put a white man under the jail.

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As it turns out, a man who fits the above description was allowed on Monday to plead guilty to a misdemeanor charge related to the Jan. 6 riot in the U.S. Capitol and was sentenced to six months in jail with credit for time served on all but two days of that sentence.

According to CNN, Michael Curzio, 35, will be released from jail on Wednesday because, due to his prior criminal record, he’s remained in lockup since his arrest on Jan 14.

“Mr. Curzio should be sentenced to the six-month statutory maximum,” federal Judge Carl Nichols said at Curzio’s hearing. “I am not in a position to be able to impose a longer sentence than that. I think that six-month sentence is appropriate here. Mr. Curzio will have, in two days, served that entire sentence.”

The Summerfield, Fla., man previously served eight years in prison after being found guilty of first-degree attempted murder for shooting his ex-girlfriend’s new boyfriend in the chest, and while he was in prison, he joined a violent white supremacist gang known as the Unforgiven, Newsweek reports.

The Justice Department reportedly opposed Curzio’s release, citing the fact that he was just released from his attempted murder bid in 2019, and just two years later he was caught inside the Capitol building engaging in the deadly rowdy-whitey rebellion. The Justice Department also noted the Unforgiven’s known history of violent acts both in and outside of prison, as well as the presence of Nazi tattoos on Curzio’s body.

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Of course, Curzio said in court that he only joined the violent prison gang for protection, and he’s no longer affiliated with it despite the fact that he’s still tatted up with swastikas and other Nazi symbols.

According to CNN, other Capitol rioters who pleaded guilty to the same charges as Curzio are likely to be treated even more leniently.

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From CNN:

It’s highly unlikely that other rioters who plead guilty to the same charge will receive the full six-month maximum sentence. Curzio’s case is unique, given his attempted murder conviction, and the fact that he has been incarcerated while awaiting trial since his arrest on January 14.

Curzio, 35, pleaded guilty to one count of unlawfully protesting inside the Capitol and agreed to pay $500 to repair damages to the complex. This has become the standard plea deal that the Justice Department has offered to many Capitol rioters who didn’t act violently.

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That $500 Curzio agreed to pay is actually just another instance of him receiving a light penalty for his crimes, seeing as the charges he pleaded guilty to carry a maximum fine of $5,000, which prosecutors decided to waive, according to News 6.

Is it egregious that Curzio has been treated with kid gloves like this? Sure it is. It sounds about white, though.

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Yeah...it’s time to go now. I thought the gaslighting from the GOP that it wasn’t what we saw what it was on Jan.6 was a bridge too far, but now they aren’t even prosecuting these White Extreme Christian Terrorists. I would really love for someone to do a side by side comparison of the people arrested and prosecuted for protesting the lack of equality for Black folk during last years uprisings and these unwashed ignorant ass cave dwelling sycophants and the outcomes of their arrests. The fact that this known attempted MURDERER who I am certain violated his probation by breaking the law on Jan. 6 didn’t have the word “years” in his sentence means that these fuckers will try it do it again. It is inevitable. There will be a bloody massacre on TV right in front of our eyes and finger pointing by the GOP about “how did this happen?” and “this isn’t America.” Yes, fuckers it is. It’s exactly America - the one you are doing everything in your power to bring forth. No rule of law for White folks. No consequences. No morality. No Truth. No more for me, I’m tired. And even more relevant I’m tired of being tired. I honestly don’t know how my folks lived through the 50's and 60's without killing themselves or others. I really don’t. With that said...I’m out. 22 months and Panama City, Panama, here we come.