According to The Republic, Iced Earth’s Jon Schaffer has been evading District Of Columbia attorneys who have been trying to serve him with a civil suit for his involvement in the January 6, 2021 insurrection at the United States Capitol. The search has reportedly resulted in “at least 25 separate attempts to serve Schaffer at seven different addresses across three different states”
The server tried to find Schaffer at three residences near Columbus, IN, a house near Orlando, FL, a residence in Georgetown, DE, an apartment in Crystal City, FL, and a mobile home in Auburndale, FL. The latter location had a callbox with “J. Schaffer” written on it and vehicles with Indiana license plates. Court filings said the following:
“The District now believes that Schaffer is hiding from process servers in a mobile home in Auburndale, Florida. Since locating that address, the District has attempted service there at least five times, yet Schaffer refuses to answer the door — thereby preventing effective service absent further relief from the court.”
Despite these efforts, a federal judge has since halted the civil action while the criminal trial against Oath Keepers founder Stewart Rhodes moves forward.
This news comes after it was revealed that District of Columbia Attorney General Karl Racine had filed a lawsuit against Schaffer and 30 other members of the Oath Keepers and Proud Boys in December 2021 for “conspiring to terrorize the District” as part of “a coordinated act of domestic terrorism.” It also comes after the U.S. government was granted permission to share sealed materials from the musician’s Capitol insurrection case as discovery to the three main Oath Keepers cases.
Schaffer pleaded guilty to two charges related to his involvement in the insurrection in April 2021. Those charges include obstructing an official proceeding of Congress and trespassing on restricted grounds of the Capitol while armed with a deadly or dangerous weapon.
As part of the deal, the musician entered into a cooperation agreement with the government. On top of that, the Justice Department also agreed to sponsor Schaffer for the witness protection program. CNN previously reported that the guitarist’s legal team have “agreed to recommend that he get between 3.5 and 4.5 years in prison, based on how fruitful his cooperation is with the government.”