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The man is accused in to attack of Capitol Police Officer Brian Siknick pleads guilty


One of two men charged in January 6, 2021 chemical weapons attack on three U.S. Capitol police officers, including Brian D. Siknick, pleaded guilty to reduced allegations on Wednesday.

Sandwich from West Virginia shop owner George Tanios, 40, confessed to two counts of hooliganism and hooliganism on restricted area of ​​the Capitol, a reduction from an earlier 10-count indictment that included felony charges of riots, attacks on law enforcement officers and obstruction of Congressional Certification of President Biden’s victory in the 2020 election.

Guidelines call for sentence of up to year behind bars; he has already served five months. He will be sentenced on December 6th.

A business of Tanios and his co-defendant Julian Eli Hater are among the more high-profile prosecutions on January 6, as both men were accused of attack on a police officer of the Siknik Capitol, 42 years old. Siqnik was wounded while trying to hold back wild crowd on Western Terrace of Capitol, crumbling hours later and dying in next day of natural causes, the officials said. It is stated that neither Thanios nor Hater caused siknik death.

in pleaTanios admitted that he brought two cans of chemical spray to Washington and providing one to Hater up arrival in the Capitol. During the unrest, according to plea, Cater reached into Thanios’s backpack to get a can. of bear spray. Thanios later filmed other rioters fighting the police.

In a statement, Tanios’ attorney, Assistant U.S. Attorney Elizabeth B. Gross, said: “Here, the parties have worked diligently to achieve a fair and just resolution is short of trial. Proposed misdemeanor charges better reflect limited actions of George Tanios on January 6, 2021 while outside US Capitol.

signed plea the agreement does not mention that Thanios will cooperate with prosecutors despite the fact that in plea documents, he admitted, “he has no information challenge or refute allegations of set forward in closing indictment against his co-defendant Julian Hater, in Any way”.

Hater remains set for trial October 5th. In court, lawyers said they were debating whether Hater would agree to plead guilty to the two felony charges. of to attack on law enforcement officer with dangerous weapon.

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Kater and Tanios, who ran a smoothie and a sandwich shops in their respective campuses, were arrested in March 2021 and pleaded not guilty to the attacks. on Siknik, Capitol Police Officer and D.C. Officer.

prosecutors in detention rumors claimed Hater applied the spray at close range range against Siknik, U.S. Capitol Police Officer Caroline Edwards, and a D.C. police officer identified as B. Chapman from the police line put them out of action.

“Give me that bear shit,” Hater allegedly told Tanios. on video recorded nine minutes earlier at 2:14 pm on the Lower West Terrace. of The Capitol, where Siknik and other officers stood guard behind metal bike racks, according to charging documents.

“Hold on hold on not yet, not yet … it’s too early,” Thanios allegedly replied.

Thanios’ lawyer claimed that he was within 30 feet of Hater when he sprayed the officers and did not help or incite anyone. crime.

Siknik had two strokes after being at the Capitol that day, officials said. The medical examiner said the autopsy found there is no evidence that Siknik had an allergic reaction to chemical irritants. There was also no evidence of internal or external injuries, the medical examiner said.

Hater has been in prison ever since, but the Court of Appeal in Augustus ordered Thanios to be released, stating that he “had no past criminal convictions, lack of ties to extremist organizations and lack of post-January 6 criminal behavior it would be different show him to pose danger to community”.

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US District Judge Thomas F. Hogan had previously ordered both men kept awaiting trial, saying government video of attacks on three officers showed the degree of premeditation and future danger.

“These two gentlemen are law-abiding, respectable individuals. in in the community and it makes it very difficult for court to reach that conclusion, but they did it anyway attack on police officers in uniform. I do not find way around it,” Hogan said at the time.

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Tyler Hromadka
Tyler Hromadka
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