New Jersey man pleads guilty to assaulting police officer at US Capitol on Jan. 6

A New Jersey man just became the first of dozens of defendants to plead guilty to charges stemming from the deadly riot at the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6.

According to the Washington Examiner, Scott Fairlamb pleaded guilty in federal court Friday after he was “caught on video punching a helmeted Metropolitan Police Department officer in the head” amid the unrest.

Fairlamb runs a New Jersey gym and training facility, has worked as a security guard, and has participated in at least one MMA fight. He also has a brother in the U.S. Secret Service, the Examiner reported.

According to CBS News, Fairlamb’s guilty pleas included one count of obstruction of an official proceeding and one count of assaulting a police officer.

Assault charges

Reports indicated that Fairlamb had initially been facing as many as 12 charges as a result of his actions at the U.S. Capitol. But though he only pleaded guilty to two, he’s far from off the hook.

Video footage shows Fairlamb shoving and punching an officer, identified only as “Officer Z.B.,” in the head.

On Friday, Fairlamb admitted that he did “forcibly assault, resist, oppose, impede, intimidate, and interfere with” Officer Z.B. This happened while the officer “was engaged in and on account of the performance of official duties, and where the acts in violation of this section involve physical contact with the victim and the intent to commit another felony,” he admitted, according to the Examiner.

Before the assault on Officer Z.B., Fairlamb can also be seen crossing a police skirmish line and picking up a baton. He later published an expletive-laced tirade on social media: “What patriots do? We f****** disarm them, and then we storm the f****** Capitol! F*** you!””

Later on, Fairlamb reportedly followed police out of the building while shouting: “Are you an American? Act like one.”

Awaiting sentencing

Fairlamb has been behind bars for several months and now awaits a sentencing hearing slated for Sept. 27.

The Department of Justice (DOJ), for its part, has recommended a prison sentence of between 41 months and 51 months for the defendant. But Assistant U.S. Attorney Leslie Goemaat has suggested that the DOJ might try for an enhanced sentence.

Fairlamb has also agreed to pay $2,000 in restitution for the assault on the police officer, the Examiner reported.

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