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'Caveman' Capitol Rioter, BK Judge's Son Gets 8 Months In Prison: Feds

Patch logo Patch 5/6/2022 Anna Quinn
Aaron Mostofsky — the subject of a meme in a fur coat and stolen police vest — was sentence this week for the U.S. Capitol insurrection. © (Photo included in Statement of Facts provided by U.S. Attorney's Office, District of Columbia.) Aaron Mostofsky — the subject of a meme in a fur coat and stolen police vest — was sentence this week for the U.S. Capitol insurrection.

BROOKLYN, NY — A Brooklyn judge's son who became the subject of a meme when he rioted at the U.S. Capitol dressed as a caveman has been sentenced to eight months in prison, prosecutors announced.

Aaron Mostofsky, 35, was sentenced Friday, months after he pleaded guilty to a felony civil disorder charge and misdemeanor charges of theft of government property and entering and remaining in a restricted building or grounds, according the District of Columbia U.S. Attorney's Office.

Mostofsky, the son of Brooklyn Judge Shlomo Mostofsky, was one of the first arrested after the U.S. Capitol riot after a meme of him surfaced in a fur coat and stolen police vest, Patch reported at the time.

Federal investigators said they linked Mostofsky to a meme of the fur-clad Brooklynite standing inside the Capitol captioned: "Imagine coming off 10 hits of acid and u look around and ur in the U.S. Capitol like s---."

The meme became one of the final pieces of evidence leading to his arrest, documents show.

"Your famous," an Instagram user told Mostofsky the day after the riot, sending him the meme and misspelling "you're."

"IK [I know] unfortunately," Mostofsky replied. "...Cause now people actually know me."

Mostofsky, who investigators said was "dressed as a caveman," was among a crowd of rioters who overwhelmed a police perimeter outside the Capitol building, eventually using his body weight to break another police line at the Capitol steps, according to the U.S. attorney.

Mostofsky then headed toward the Senate Wing door, picking up and putting on a U.S. Capitol Police bullet-proof vest on the way, prosecutors said.

"Minutes later, the crowd broke windows next to the Senate Wing Door, entered the Capitol, and broke the door open from inside the building," they wrote. "Mostofsky entered through the door at 2:13 p.m., about the 12th person to get inside that way."

Mostofsky, who gave an interview to a reporter while inside the building, found a U.S. Capitol Police riot shield that had been set aside by another rioter and carried it until he left the building, prosecutors said. He was stripped of the shield by a U.S. Capitol Police officer a short time after, according to prosecutors.

As part of his sentence, Mostofsky will be placed on 12 months of supervised release following his time in prison. He also must perform 200 hours of community service and pay $2,000 in restitution, prosecutors said.

The prison sentence is significantly less than the maximum Mostofsky could have been ordered to serve.

Prosecutors noted after his guilty plea that Mostofsky could serve up to five years in prison on the felony charge and up to a year in prison for each of the misdemeanors, on top of hundreds of thousands of dollars in fines.

Mostofsky is one of at least eight Brooklynites facing charges in the U.S. Capitol insurrection.

The riot — which aimed to prevent Congress from certifying Joe Biden's presidential election victory — left five people dead either before, during or shortly after the insurrection. One person was shot by Capitol police, another died from a drug overdose and three perished from natural causes.

Four officers who responded to the attack died by suicide within seven months.

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