Process servers tasked with hand-delivering notice to ICED EARTH guitarist Jon Schaffer that the District of Columbia was suing him in federal court related to his actions during the January 6 insurrection have been unable to notify the musician that legal action was being taken against him, The Republic has reported.
At least 25 separate attempts to serve Schaffer at seven different addresses across three different states have been made but he has so far managed to evade process servers and private investigators who had been on his trail for months.
Attempts to locate Schaffer have been made at three residences in the Columbus, Indiana area; a house near Orlando, Florida where Schaffer‘s mother lives; an address in Georgetown, Delaware; an apartment in Crystal City, Florida; and a gated mobile home.
“The District now believes that Schaffer is hiding from process servers in a mobile home in Auburndale, Florida,” according to court filings. “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.”
In April last year, Schaffer agreed to plead guilty for his role in the January 6 riot at the U.S. Capitol. As part of the plea deal, he is expected to enter into a cooperation agreement with the government.
The two charges he pled guilty to were obstruction of an official proceeding of Congress and trespassing on restricted grounds of the Capitol while armed with a deadly or dangerous weapon. The first charge is punishable by up to 20 years in prison, while the second carries up to a 10-year prison term.