WASHINGTON — A Donald Trump supporter pleaded responsible on Thursday to assaulting the late Officer Brian Sicknick, who died after the Jan. 6 assault.
Julian Khater, 33, pleaded responsible to 2 counts of assaulting legislation enforcement officers throughout a digital courtroom look on Thursday earlier than Choose Thomas Hogan. Khater admitted that he sprayed two officers within the face with the chemical irritant: Sicknick, and U.S. Capitol Police Officer Caroline Edwards. Sentencing was set for Dec. 13.
The costs include a sentence of as much as 20 years in jail, though beneath sentencing pointers his sentence would seemingly be between 78 to 97 months in federal jail.
Khater was arrested in New Jersey in March 2021 and initially charged with assault on a federal officer with a harmful weapon, conspiracy to injure an officer, civil dysfunction, obstruction of an official continuing, and a number of other misdemeanors.
George Tanios, Khater’s co-defendant, pleaded guilty to two misdemeanor counts in July.
Sicknick died of natural causes after the Jan. 6 attack, however the medical expert mentioned that what transpired through the assault performed a job in his loss of life.
The U.S. Capitol Police mentioned after the medical expert’s discovering that Sicknick “died within the Line of Responsibility, courageously defending Congress and the Capitol.” The loss of life of D.C. Metropolitan Police Officer Jeffrey Smith by suicide days after Jan. 6 was additionally declared a line-of-duty death earlier this 12 months.
As a part of his plea deal in July, Tanios admitted he bought two canisters of bear spray and two canisters of pepper spray. He mentioned that Khater bought a can of bear spray out of his backpack whereas they have been on restricted grounds.
Greater than 850 individuals have been charged in reference to the Jan. 6 assault, and greater than 350 have pleaded responsible. There are hundreds extra arrests to return.