Two Men Plead Guilty To Assaulting Officers During January 6 Riot – US Justice Dept.

(UrduPoint News / Sputnik – twentieth May, 2022) California resident Christian Alexander Secor pleaded responsible to obstruction of an official continuing on the US Capitol on January 6, 2021, and Utah resident Landon Kenneth Copeland pleaded responsible to assaulting, resisting or impeding officers, the US Justice Department stated in a press launch.

“On the day of the 2020 election, Nov. 3, 2020, Secor sent a text message stating, ‘We’re gonna win bigly and if we don’t, we’re taking this ship down in flames,” the discharge stated on Thursday. “In preparation for the events of January 6, he messaged another individual on January 5, 2021, stating that he ‘brought a gas mask’ to Washington and that he ‘Wouldn’t be surprised if conservatives just storm the police and clobber Antifa and the police but that’s wishful thinking.'”

Secor marched to the US Capitol on January 6 and joined a bunch of protesters who entered the Capitol grounds. However, he climbed the scaffolding to the Upper West Terrace of the constructing and went into the Capitol by the Senate Wing Door and went from the Crypt, to the House aspect of the constructing, after which to the second ground, the discharge stated.

“He strolled through the office suite of the Speaker of the House. Later, he made his way to the East Rotunda doors, helped a group of rioters inside the building push open the doors to allow other rioters inside.

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The authorities arrested Secor on February 16, 2021, in Costa, Mesa, California. He is ready to be sentenced on October 7 and is a most of 20 years in jail and a positive of as much as $250,000.

The Justice Department stated Copeland was a part of a bunch of protesters who gathered on the West Plaza of the Capitol grounds, which is a restricted space.

“While there, another rioter approached a Capitol Police officer and placed his hands around the officer’s collar or neck,” the discharge stated. “From behind, Copeland pushed that other rioter, and the officer fell to the ground. The officer sustained injuries to his knee, back, and hip during his defense of the Capitol on Jan. 6, and attributes some of these injuries to this incident.”

When different officers got here to assist the fallen officer, Copeland grabbed an officer’s riot defend and pushed towards the police line and fought with the officer, the discharge stated. Copeland and others then fought with officers who had been holding a barricade.

The authorities arrested Copeland on April 29, 2021, in St. George, Utah. He is slated to be sentenced on September 9 and faces eight years in jail and a positive of as much as $250,000.

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