ROCHESTER, N.Y. (WROC) — Cody Mattice, the Hilton man facing charges for his alleged involvement in the January 6th attacks on the U.S. Capitol, is to remain in custody without bond until his trial, a federal judge in Washington ruled Friday.
Mattice is facing numerous charges, including weapon offenses, assaulting and resisting officers and disrupting government business on Capitol grounds.
Last week, A judge signed an order of release Friday for Mattice to be freed from custody, under strict conditions, including GPS monitoring, drug testing, and more. However that release was subject to a prosecutorial appeal in Washington.
Mattice appeared in his court appearance virtually Friday. Seventeen letters from family members and friends of Mattice expressed support for his pre-trial release. His attorneys asked for him to be allowed to go home with GPS monitoring so he could support, and be with, his family until trial.
Prior to the hearing, Mattice’s family and friends wrote 17 letters stating their support for Mattice to be released. They asked for him to stay at home until his trial with GPS monitoring.
Mattice’s fiance, Ashley, wrote that he is a stay-at-home dad for their two children and is the “kindest most family-oriented person she has met.” She also said having him in custody makes it difficult for her to go to work every day and provide for their family.
The couple’s 11-year-old daughter also wrote a letter saying she will be sad if her dad is not with her every day and that she “needs my dad here to help me and watch me grow.”
In response to the letters, prosecutors said not one of them made reference to Mattice’s participation in the attack on the capitol. In a filing, prosecutors say the letters were written by people who allegedly knew Mattice was at the capitol and remained silent about it, or by people who were unaware of his conduct there.
Chief Judge Howell however said Mattice should stay in jail because she believes he is a flight risk.
She said Mattice, along with co-defendant James Mault of Brockport, were seen on video being disruptive at the Capitol, and showed a “willingness and enthusiasm” to participate in the assault on the Capitol.
Chief Judge Howell also said the video showed Mattice threatening law enforcement officers, attempting to injure them with with pepper spray, while also tearing down barricades to get to the front of the mob.
Prosecutors added that Mattice and Mault exchanged text messages before the attack happened that showed planning and coordination in advance of the events that transpired that day. They also said Mattice said he wanted to “f*** s*** up.”
During today’s hearing, the judge decided Mattice was a danger to the community and ruled in favor of pre-trial detention.
Mattice faces up to 20 years in prison. He is currently being held in the Monroe County Jail.
An order to transfer Mattice to Washington D.C. in the process of being filed.