(Washington) A former mixed martial arts practitioner has pleaded guilty to assaulting a police officer in a January 6 violent attack on a capital in Washington by Donald Trump supporters.
Scott Fairlamb, 44, is facing just four years in prison for his role in the attack on Congress headquarters when members of parliament convened to confirm Joe Biden’s victory over Republican billionaire in the 2020 presidential election.
Of the more than 570 people arrested since then, the sports hall owner and his brother, the agent responsible for the security of American people (the “Secret Service”), were the first to plead guilty to assaulting a police officer.
Videos from Jan. 6 showed him screaming and blocking the way for a police officer using a folding baton. He called on “patriots” to disarm the police and force their way into the building.
Scott Fairlamb also pleaded guilty to obstructing congressional work.
His sentence will be announced on September 27.
He could theoretically be sentenced to 20 years in prison, but the lack of a serious record and the standards applicable in his case would indicate a maximum of just over four years, although the judge could have decided otherwise.
A second man, Devlin Thompson, also pleaded guilty on Friday to assaulting a police officer.
On January 6, he threw projectiles at agents and took their armor.
He also faces a maximum of twenty years in prison, but that should be closer to Mr Fairlamb.
The U.S. Department of Justice announced Friday that 570 people have been arrested in connection with the attack on Capitol Hill.
There are a number of minor allegations, including allegations of trespassing into the Capitol, but more than 170 are facing serious criminal charges.
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