A Florida man on Monday admitted to assaulting law enforcement officials with a fireplace extinguisher throughout the US Capitol riot, federal prosecutors stated.
Robert Scott Palmer pleaded responsible to 1 depend of assaulting, resisting, or impeding officers utilizing a harmful weapon — and faces a most sentence of 20 years in jail and a $250,000 nice at his sentencing on Dec. 17, in line with the Department of Justice.
Palmer, 53, was on the “front lines” of rioters who confronted law enforcement officials throughout the Jan. 6 assault on the Capitol, prosecutors stated.
He acknowledged that he threw a wood plank at cops defending the constructing, after which sprayed them with a fireplace extinguisher earlier than hurling it at them.
No particular accidents had been reported on account of Palmer’s actions, however the DOJ famous that the dimensions and weight of the objects he chucked made them able to “inflicting serious bodily injury.”
Images from the Jan. 6 riot confirmed Palmer, carrying an American flag jacket, spraying officers with the extinguisher at shut vary earlier than throwing the emptied canister at them, the Huffington Post reported in March.
Footage from the riot additionally allegedly confirmed him shoving by a crowd of rioters to a line of cops whereas sporting a jacket that learn: “FLORIDA FOR TRUMP.”
The outlet tracked down Palmer with the assistance of an web sleuth who labored with the Twitter group @capitolhunters to search out Palmer’s identification utilizing on-line photographs — together with of his signature jacket — and different info.
He was arrested on March 17, days after the web site revealed his identification.
In the eight months since Jan. 6, greater than 600 folks from practically each state have been arrested in reference to the breach on the Capitol. At least 185 of them have been charged with assaulting or impeding legislation enforcement.