Scott Fairlamb, 44, also pleaded guilty to obstructing formal proceedings. He could face a sentence of more than three years in prison, according to his agreement with prosecutors read during his plea hearing on Friday. He also agreed to pay $ 2,000 in restitution for the damage caused to the Capitol.
Advocacy is an important development in the sprawling federal investigation and could set a standard sentence of several years in prison for the many rioters facing assault charges. Fairlamb has yet to be convicted and how long he serves will depend on the judge.
Prosecutors also allege that Fairlamb was one of the first rioters inside the Senate side of the building.
During the virtual hearing, Judge Royce Lamberth held up a copy of the plea agreement and asked Fairlamb if the description of his conduct was “what really happened here”.
“Yes sir,” Fairlamb said.
“So you’re actually guilty, is that right?” Lamberth asked.
“Yes, your honor,” Fairlamb replied.
Second plea case
Another defendant, Devlyn Thompson, pleaded guilty on Friday to assaulting an officer with a dangerous weapon, carrying a maximum sentence of 20 years in prison. As part of the plea deal, Thompson will also pay $ 2,000 in restitution and write a letter of apology to the officer who was the victim of the assault.
According to prosecutors, Thompson spent 13 minutes on the front lines of the police-crowd confrontation in Capitol’s Lower West Terrace tunnel. Thompson allegedly found a police baton on the ground and used it to strike a police officer on the wrist with the apparent intention of dropping a pepper spray from the officer’s hand.
In court records, Thompson’s attorney said he wanted to “stop the pepper spray” and did not intend to injure the officer, but agreed that the assault was “truly inexcusable. “.
The Justice Department has charged more than 560 federal defendants linked to the insurgency, in which rioters assaulted around 140 police officers. So far, 32 people have pleaded guilty to federal charges.
This story has been updated with additional details.