(DCWatchdog.com) – Just moments ago, another defendant charged with crimes for actions taken on January 6th at the United States Capitol Complex in Washington DC pleaded guilty.
In this instance, the defendant is one of several men caught on camera spraying fire extinguishers directly into the faces of police officers assigned to maintain the security of the Capitol.
According to The Hill in a report headlined Man who sprayed fire extinguisher at officers on Jan. 6 pleads guilty to felony charges:
“A Maryland man who sprayed a fire extinguisher at police and encouraged other rioters to storm a tunnel under the U.S. Capitol during the Jan. 6 breach pleaded guilty to felony charges on Wednesday…
“The defendant admits that he assaulted officers who were protecting the entrance to the U.S. Capitol at the Lower West Terrance tunnel in an attempt to gain entrance to the U.S. Capitol building for himself and others,” the criminal offense statement reads. “Defendant further admits he did so in an attempt to obstruct, influence, and impede an official proceeding.” [emphasis added]
The now-convicted defendant, 23-year-old Matthew Miller, faces up to 20 years in prison for his actions.
On the 6th, Miller was captured on video draped in an American flag. He helped other rioters climb the walls of the Capitol grounds and then assaulted police officers defending an entranceway to the building.
To date, upwards of 725 individuals have been arrested for the attack on the Capitol, and 165 have pleaded guilty.
The Federal Bureau of Investigation continues to hunt for numerous others who participated in the assault – especially those who harmed the more than 160 police officers injured that day.