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Ronald Colton McAbee

January 6th Defendant



August 17, 2021


6 Felonies, 1 Misdemeanor


70 Months


Helped MPD Officer Andrew Wayte &

Tried to Save Rosanne Boyland

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Colton McAbee is just like many. A husband. A son. A brother. A patriot, but he is not just any patriot. He is a J6 patriot. He is a fellow American who is resolute and steadfast in protecting our freedoms. He is standing in the gap for all of us. Standing in the gap for the constitution, for future generations of Americans. And it has come with a high cost. Please consider giving to Colt. Contributing to his fund enables him to cover the restitution and fines he is obligated to pay, replenish his commissary for essential purchases, acquire reading material, facilitate visits from his loved ones, and ultimately help the man who has sacrificed so much. His prayers are to have all J6 patriots and families protected, for the truth to prevail, and for all of the J6 patriots to return home to their families soon. 

Thank you for your generous hearts and thank you from the bottom of ours.

We are forever grateful.

The Real Story of Ronald Colton McAbee

Ronald Colton McAbee was in Washington, D.C. on January 6, 2021 peacefully protesting in support of his country. He traveled to Washington, D.C. because he loves his country and his fellow Americans. It’s important to know that Colton is no different than most Americans. He’s a hardworking, hometown boy that has selflessly served in law enforcement for most of his adult life. He’s been described by his peers as caring, bold, and godly. While serving his community as a law enforcement officer, Colton won praise by administering life-saving aide on multiple occasions. He saved the life of an imprisoned person on two separate occasions and attempted to save a fellow officer on another. These acts of selflessness best demonstrate the stellar characteristics of Colton and his willingness to serve his community and his country.


His actions on January 6th were not criminal. Colton is like many of you, he’s a patriot who loves his country and respects others. For anyone that knows Colton, he’s characterized as a kind, courteous, respectful man who is fiercely loyal to those close to him. And all these wonderful traits were on full display on January 6th. When chaos erupted in the shadow of our nation’s Capital, Colton can be seen actively helping others around him. When he saw a fellow law enforcement officer in peril, he immediately stepped-up to help and provide aide for the officer. While the chaos continued, he once again rendered aide to a fellow patriot, Rosanne Boyland. Colton did everything he could to help Rosanne in the midst of the chaos, but Rosanne sadly passed away. She lost her life needlessly and was continually clubbed, as she lay unconscious, by MPD Officer Lila Morris while aide was being given. Officer Morris is only one example of the egregious actions by many officers on that day. Colton personally witnessed women and elderly Americans being swatted with clubs and he did all the he could do to stand in the way of the violence. Sarah and her family will never stop being proud of her husband’s actions on that day. This is the Colton that they know.


When he was arrested on August 17th, 2021 and charged with seven counts, six of which are felonies, their whole lives instantly changed. Simply put, Sarah had never been in any courtroom or jail and she didn’t understand the depths to which they were about to travel. She cannot stress strongly enough the magnitude and suffocating feeling of walking in to a courtroom and hearing “The United States of America verses Ronald Colton McAbee”. The weight of these words echoed in every corner of the courtroom and continue to ring in her mind as a distinct sign of our country pitting itself against its own people.


Colton was held without a bond hearing for nearly two weeks. When he eventually had a hearing, the government withheld evidence and the courtroom went in to recess. After the FBI continued to play games with her husband’s freedom, they won the hearing and he was granted bond until the trial. Unfortunately, the government appealed the ruling and Colton continued to experience harsh treatment from several people along this winding judicial journey.


In one small holding area, he was forced to sleep on the floor for days. The guarantee of visitations were quickly reneged upon. In one instance, Colton was accosted by a U.S. Marshall in the middle of a transport and was threatened over false accusations. Each of these examples are independently appalling, but there’s so much more Colton endured during this process. In the end, and despite countless character references, the government’s motion to detain was granted and Colton remained a political prisoner within his own country.


The entire process has lacked any element of justice for Colton and their family. Since his arrest, he’s been assaulted while in custody and constantly moved from prison-to-prison. There is no reason that Colton needed to be transported to six separate facilities across America while being held in pre-trial detention. In the eyes of our government, he’s a pawn being moved around in order to manipulate his family and silence others from speaking out regarding the January 6th defendants. Moreover, Colton has endured prolonged solitary confinement for no other reason than being someone detained in the wake of protesting. And please remember their family isn’t just any family, but it’s your fellow American family. Colton isn’t just important to them, but he’s important to all of us. He could be your son, your brother, or your husband.


They had no visitation. The husband Sarah loves was not only incarcerated, but he was being actively hidden from her and her family. They may have used the COVID-19 Pandemic as an excuse, but video visits didn’t happen either. There’s absolutely no excuse for this other than a crooked government playing games in order to keep January 6th families in perpetual anguish. It took over a year and a half, 597 days to be exact, for Sarah to see Colton behind glass for a mere 30 minutes.


Injustice comes with a heavy cost, and on October 11, 2023 after 26 months behind bars, they witnessed it firsthand as Colton was convicted on all counts by a jury that was not of his peers – a jury biased by their experiences on January 6th. This happened despite overwhelming evidence of his innocence, despite the prosecution admitting Colton was assisting the officers around him, and despite the evidence of Rosanne Boyland being beaten by Metropolitan Police Officer Lila Morris, with Colton trying to save her, only to tragically lose her life. And even after an officer testified that he thanked Colton for his help that day.


It's disheartening to witness a good man's life being destroyed simply because he was helping those in need and upholding his oath of office. This is the same system in Washington, D.C. that has a 99.6% conviction rate for January 6th defendants. Let me ask you this: Is there any justice in a courtroom with a predetermined verdict? The persecution of our fellow citizens continues because we, the people, are allowing it to happen. It's a stark reminder of the injustices within our society. Enough is enough.


Sarah is of the firm belief Colton and many more are political hostages being held in our own country. Not only would she label these heroes as political prisoners, but she also believe they are prisoners of a type of war, a spiritual war of good verses evil. While many, such as Colton, are still imprisoned today and facing a cruel environment engineered to break their spirit, she believes these individuals were chosen for a time such as this. Their will and their spirit serves as a shining light for all of us during these difficult times. Although their freedom has been unjustly stolen for the time being, the manner in which they’ve been treated has motivated all of us to band together and continue the fight for justice. Sarah will continue to fight for Colton every single day he’s being deprived of his American rights and it is an absolute honor to do so. She will continue to speak for each of the incarcerated Americans that were ripped from their families so a vindictive government can scapegoat its’ own citizens. This is a cause we should all continue to fight for.


Sarah believes it’s important for everyone to see the lengths Colton went to help others on January 6th. This video highlights the immense good Colton brought to the Capitol that day. In the wake of all the chaos, Colton continued to help those in need. Ronald Colton McAbee demonstrated what it truly means to be an American Patriot. 

Ronald Colton McAbee Rendering Life-Saving Aid to Rosanne Boyland & Helping Police Officers


January 6, 2021

August 17, 2021

September 8, 2021

September 21, 2021

September 22, 2021

September 24, 2021

October 4, 2021

October 13, 2021

October 18, 2021

December 21, 2021

August 1, 2022

August 11, 2022

September 3, 2022

September 5, 2022

Ronald Colton McAbee went to air his grievances with his government,

as protected by our Constitution.

After 223 days, Colton was arrested by the FBI in Nashville, Tennessee and his home was raided.

Colton was granted bond pending trial by Judge Frensley in the Middle District of Tennessee; however, the government appealed. The case was reassigned to the Federal District Court of Washington, D.C.

Colton was moved to a different County Jail in Kentucky.

Judge Emmett Sullivan called Colton a terrorist on record, in a bond hearing. The court went into recess without a decision.

Colton was moved to a County Jail in Oklahoma.

Colton was moved to a City Jail in Washington, D.C.

Judge Emmett Sullivan granted the government's motion to deny Colton bond, pending trial.

Colton was moved to a different facility in Washington, D.C.

Judge Emmett Sullivan finally put his ruling in writing after 69 days so that Colton could appeal his ruling on bond.

Trial was initially set for November 30, 2022.

Trial was then moved to September 25, 2023.

Colton's Reconsideration of Detention motion was denied by Judge Emmett Sullivan.

Colton was assaulted and attacked by DC DOC Lieutenant Crystal Lancaster for not wearing a COVID mask while going to take oral medication.

September 13, 2022

October 17, 2022

January 17, 2023

February 24, 2023

March 7, 2023

August 25, 2023

September 25, 2023

October 2, 2023

October 11, 2023

February 29, 2024

March 6, 2024

March 7, 2024

April 16, 2024

April 18, 2024

April 23, 2024

Colton was moved to a County Jail in Virginia.

Judge Emmett Sullivan was removed from the case and it was then reassigned to Judge Rudolph Contreras.

Colton's Reconsideration of Detention denied by the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals.

Colton was moved to a City Jail in Virginia.

Colton was moved to a City Jail in Washington, D.C.

The trial date was moved again to October 2, 2023.

Colton plead guilty (not entering into a deal with the government) for one felony and one misdemeanor. This felony and misdemeanor was associated with him shoving MPD Officer Carter Moore in self-defense as Carter Moore assaulted McAbee with his police baton first.

Self-defense, nor defense of a third party is allowed in January 6th cases.

Colton's jury trial began.

A D.C jury rendered a verdict of guilty on all counts; 5 felonies.

Colton was sentenced to 70 months of imprisonment (with credit for time served since arrest) and fined $32,775.65 in restitution.

Notice of Appeal was filed on Colton's behalf. His case will now be reviewed by the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals.

Colton was moved to a Federal Prison in Pennsylvania.

Colton was moved to a Private Prison in Oklahoma.

Colton was moved to a County Jail in Missouri.

Colton was moved to a Federal Prison in Minnesota


“What makes the government’s case weak is the fact that the videos actually exonerate Mr. McAbee of the very allegations made against him, and Mr. McAbee is motivated to appear for trial, take the stand and narrate those videos for [the] jury,” attorney William Shipley wrote in a May motion to have his client released from jail.

Despite audio and video evidence showing former Tennessee sheriff’s deputy Ronald Colton McAbee did not assault a police officer on the Capitol steps on Jan. 6 as alleged by prosecutors, a federal judge again refused the defendant’s motion to be released from the District of Columbia jail pending trial.

“I hold the police accountable every day,” McAbee wrote in his letter to the Boylands. “Her death, her murder haunts me. I tried to bring her back. I tried CPR but was pulled off of her. I am sorry that I failed. I hold myself accountable too.”

Bret Boyland said he does not want McAbee to feel responsible for Rosanne’s death. “We would like to thank him for trying to help our daughter Rosanne and attempting to get the officials there to do something,” Boyland told The Epoch Times. “He does not need to blame himself for anything. The Capitol Police and MPD are the ones that should be accountable.

Former Tennessee sheriff’s deputy Ronald Colton McAbee on Sept. 25 pleaded guilty to one Jan. 6 assault felony and one misdemeanor charge but will still go to trial on Oct. 2 on five other counts. 

Mr. McAbee was seen on video swiping at or attempting to shove Metropolitan Police Department Officer Carter Moore after the officer pushed against Mr. McAbee’s broken shoulder at the mouth of the Capitol’s Lower West Terrace tunnel. Video also showed Mr. McAbee reacting in anger at officers after being struck on the head with a police riot stick.

Their Christian faith has been a key to keeping the McAbee's strong throughout the more than two-year ordeal—and for whatever time is yet to come before he is released from custody.

“As we say, this is bigger than all of us,” Ms. McAbee said. “So we’ve just continued to keep the faith and walk this tightrope because we know who’s in control, and the end is not here yet.”

U.S. Rep. Troy Nehls (R-Texas) on Feb. 14 demanded that the director of the U.S. Marshals Service release body-worn camera video of the September 2022 assault of Jan. 6 detainee Ronald Colton McAbee in the District of Columbia jail. “I’m going to make it my personal mission, my personal mission, to use every subpoena power that I can get from this committee to get this footage,” Mr. Nehls said during the hearing.

A Jan. 6 prisoner had emerged from his cell without a mask. When it was all over, the jail was in lockdown and several inmates had been pepper sprayed, handcuffed, and thrown into solitary confinement. Inmate tablets were quickly confiscated, but not before several prisoners had time to send text messages, exposing the brutal truth of what happened. 

“Since you’ve been in the Swamp Pit, you’ve been threatened, almost in a fight, almost stabbed, locked down, pepper sprayed [collateral damage],” McAbee wrote on his 28th birthday in December 2021, “and have been called a terrorist and racist.

“But know this young man, you are a hero,” McAbee wrote. “You stand for freedom. You do what’s right. You have nothing to feel ashamed about.”

Former Tennessee sheriff’s deputy Ronald Colton McAbee, referred to as a “terrorist” by a U.S. District judge in 2021, who tried to rescue a dying Rosanne Boyland at the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6, is considering a plea agreement that would stave off his October trial date.

Former Tennessee sheriff’s deputy Ronald Colton McAbee was found guilty on all five felony counts he faced before a federal jury in Washington D.C., including a hotly contested charge of assaulting a law enforcement officer at the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6, 2021. 

The jury verdicts came despite Mr. Wayte’s own bodycam video, in which Mr. McAbee said he was a law enforcement officer and offered to help Mr. Wayte to his feet.

Sarah McAbee called the verdicts against her husband “such an injustice.”

“It’s sad to say that I wasn’t surprised in a way, because of the other sentences that they have tried to give individuals specifically at the Lower West Terrace tunnel,” Ms. McAbee told The Epoch Times in an interview. “It’s disheartening because this man shouldn’t have spent a day in jail, let alone going on three years now.”

Ronald Colton McAbee, the former Tennessee sheriff’s deputy who tried to rescue a dying Rosanne Boyland at the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6, 2021, was sentenced on Feb. 29 to nearly six years in federal prison for his conviction on seven criminal counts. Mr. McAbee was also ordered to pay $2,000 in restitution to the Architect of the Capitol, a $610 special assessment, and more than $32,000 in medical bills of a Metropolitan Police Department (MPD) officer injured outside of the Lower West Terrace tunnel on Jan. 6. The prison term will be followed by 36 months of supervised release.

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