WASHINGTON, March 2 – U.S. prosecutors on Wednesday will issue a statement to open a first case of possible hundreds of criminal cases of people suspected of joining the Jan attacks. 6, 2021 in the Capitol by supporters of Donald Trump.
Guy Reffitt, of Texas, is the first of about 750 people charged with joining the attack, the largest in Congress since the 1812 War, to face trial in Washington. Costs include carrying an automatic gun while in the Capitol area.
About 200 defendants have already pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to commit atrocities, which has sent lawmakers to flee for their lives, and the Reffitt trial is an important trial as the US Department of Justice seeks to convict hundreds of defendants who have not taken steps to plead guilty.
They face charges ranging from illegal fraud to sedition, with 11 members of Oath Keepers charged in January.
Reffitt’s verdict may encourage defendants to accept the deals offered by prosecutors. But a decision in favor of Reffitt could encourage hundreds of defendants who did not take action to get the dice out of the case.
Reffitt also faces charges of preventing his children from threatening to harm him if they hand him over to authorities.
The suspect’s son, who had separated from Jackson, now 19, made him an FBI agent. The son was expected to testify in his father’s case, prosecutors said.
If convicted on the most serious charges against him, Reffitt faces a maximum of 20 years in prison, though the defendants rarely receive the maximum penalty.
Thousands stormed the Capitol in Jan. 6, 2021, after a heated debate when Trump falsely claimed that his election victory was the result of widespread fraud, a statement rejected by several courts, provincial election officials and members of his administration.
On the day of the violence four people were killed, one was shot dead by police and the other by nature. A Capitol policeman who was attacked by protesters died the next day.
Four police officers who took part in the defense of the Capitol later committed suicide. More than 100 police officers were injured.