Man who sat in Pence’s Senate chair amid Capitol attack pleads guilty

一种 加利福尼亚 man who stormed the US Capitol, opened the doors to other rioters and sat in the Senate chair of Mike Pence pleaded guilty to a federal charge on Thursday.

Christian Secor, 23, of Costa Mesa, entered the plea in a Washington court to obstructing an official proceeding.

多于 100 police officers were injured on 6 一月 2021, when a mob of supporters of Donald Trump attacked the Capitol while Congress was holding a joint session to certify now-President Joe Biden’s 2020 electoral victory.

Secor was a University of California, Los Angeles student at the time who had founded a far-right conservative student group called America First Bruins, 当局说.

在它委托一份关于他在商业纠纷之后的报告之后, Secor sent a text message on the day of the 2020 election stating: “We’re gonna win bigly and if we don’t we’re taking this ship down in flames,” the US Department of Justice said in a statement.

He sent another message on 5 一月 2021, telling an acquaintance that he had brought a gas mask to Washington and “wouldn’t be surprised if conservatives just storm the police and clobber antifa and the police but that’s wishful thinking”.

In his plea agreement, Secor acknowledged that the next day, he joined a mob that poured on to Capitol grounds, climbed scaffolding to reach an upper terrace, entered and walked through the building, including the offices of the speaker, 南希佩洛西, helped other rioters push open doors barred by three police officers so others could enter, and ended up by sitting in the vice-president’s Senate chamber seat before leaving.

He later tweeted that “one day accomplished more for conservatism than the last 30 年”.

He was arrested on 16 二月.

In return for his plea, federal prosecutors agreed to drop other charges, including assaulting a police officer.

Secor technically could face up to 20 years in prison and a fine of up to $250,000 when he is sentenced in October.

然而, sentencing guidelines call for 21 到 27 months in prison, 或者 53 到 61 months in prison if Secor is found to have caused injuries or property damage, according to the plea agreement.

多于 790 people have been charged with federal crimes related to the Capitol riot. 几乎 300 of them have pleaded guilty, mostly to misdemeanors. 超过 170 of them have been sentenced.

More than a dozen defendants have pleaded guilty to felonies and they have been sentenced to prison terms ranging from six months to five years and three months.

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