(Washington) A former mixed martial arts practitioner was the first to plead guilty Friday to assaulting a police officer in the Jan. 6 violent attack on the Washington Capitol by supporters of Donald Trump.
Scott Ferlamb, 44, faces up to just over four years in prison for his participation in the attack on Capitol Hill, when parliamentarians gathered there to certify Joe Biden’s victory over billionaire Republicans in the 2020 presidential election.
Parmi les plus de 570 personnes arrêtées depuis, ce proprietaire d’une salle de sport, dont le frère est un agent chargé de la sécurité des personnalités américaines (“Secret Service”), a été vendredi le premier à d a plaidervoir coupable policeman.
Videos from January 6 show him screaming and blocking the way for a police officer holding a retractable baton. He urged the “patriots” to disarm the policeman and enter the building by force.
Scott Ferlam also pleaded guilty to obstruction of Congress.
Sentencing will be pronounced on September 27.
He could theoretically risk up to 20 years in prison, but the lack of a serious record and the criteria applied in his case suggest a maximum of just over four years, although a judge may decide otherwise.
A second man, Devlin Thompson, also later pleaded guilty on Friday to assaulting a police officer.
On January 6, he was in a group that threw projectiles at customers and took their shields.
He, too, faces a maximum sentence of twenty years in prison, but that should come close to that of Mr. Verlamb.
On Friday, the US Department of Justice announced the arrest of 570 people for their participation in the attack on Capitol Hill.
Most are on minor charges, including charges of illegally entering the Capitol, but more than 170 of them face charges of more serious crimes.
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