Former Virginia police officer pleads guilty to attacking U.S. Capitol with another off-duty officer, but his cooperation and deserved to avoid jail time for trial, federal prosecutors claimed testimony against other officers in a court filing Tuesday. It recommended six months of probation and a period of home or "community confinement" for Officer Jacob Flacker. He pleaded guilty to the felony charge of conspiring with former colleague Thomas Robertson to prevent Congress from proving President Joe Biden's 2020 election victory.23}
Prosecutors found Robert Roberts, who was convicted by a jury of attacking the Capitol to prevent Congress from authorizing the Electoral College vote on January 6, 2021. Son was sentenced to eight years in prison.
Robertson is scheduled to be sentenced on Thursday and Flacker next Tuesday.
Sentencing guidelines calculated by the court's probation division recommend that Fracker be sentenced to imprisonment from 15 months to 21 months. His attorney requested a sentence of house arrest, probation, and community service.
U.S. District Judge Christopher Cooper was not bound by any recommendations when handing down Robertson and Flacker.
Flacker was scheduled to stand trial with Robertson before pleading guilty in March. He described Robertson as his mentor and a fatherly figure. He said he was unaware that Robertson had destroyed two cell phones containing incriminating videos and photos taken on January 6.
"Moreover, Flacker's testimony substantially helped establish Robertson's corrupt intent to obstruct proceedings," the prosecutor wrote. "Before Flacker's collaboration, evidence of Robertson's intentions relied on his social media posts, which Robertson attempted to discount as online bragging."
Flacker testified at Robertson's trial that he initially believed he was simply trespassing when he entered the Capitol building. However, he eventually pleaded guilty to conspiring with Robertson to obstruct Congress.
Under cross-examination by one of Robertson's attorneys, Flacker has made no "verbal agreement" with anyone to interfere with a joint session of Congress. said. Flacker believed that everyone in the mob "had roughly the same goals" and said there was no need to "say it out loud." Robertson did not testify at the trial, In April a jury found guilty of all six counts in the indictment. Weapons, large wooden sticks.
If Robertson were sentenced to eight years in prison, it would be the longest in hundreds of Capitol riots. Seven years and three months for Guy Lefitt of Texas, who armed himself with a holstered handgun and attacked the Capitol.
Robertson traveled to Washington, D.C. on the morning of January 6 with Flacker and his neighbor, his third man. They donned gas masks as they approached the Capitol and joined a mob of rioters.
Flacker said both he and Robertson believed the 2020 presidential election was stolen from former President Donald Trump.
After the riots, the town fired Robertson and Flacker. Rocky Mount is about 40 kilometers (25 miles) south of Roanoke and has a population of about 5,000.