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Capitol rioters enter 1st guilty pleas to assaulting police

Capitol Breach Assaulting Police
Posted at 11:44 AM, Aug 06, 2021
and last updated 2021-08-06 17:16:54-04

(AP) — A New Jersey gym owner and a Washington state man have become the first people charged in the Jan. 6 riot at the U.S. Capitol to plead guilty to assaulting a law enforcement officer during the deadly siege.

The pair of plea deals with federal prosecutors could be a benchmark for dozens of other cases.

An attorney for former mixed martial arts fighter Scott Fairlamb says prosecutors are seeking a sentencing guideline range of about 3 1/2 to 4 1/4 years in prison.

Later on Friday, the same judge in Washington, D.C., ordered Devlyn Thompson to be jailed in Seattle after he pleaded guilty to assaulting a police officer with a baton.