New Jersey gym owner is first US Capitol rioter to plead guilty to assaulting a police officer on January 6


Scott Fairlamb, 44, also pleaded guilty to obstructing an official proceeding. He could face a sentence of more than three years in prison, according to his agreement with prosecutors read at his plea hearing on Friday. He has also agreed to pay $2,000 in restitution for damage done to the Capitol.

The plea is a significant development in the sprawling federal investigation and could set a standard sentence of multiple years in prison for the many rioters facing assault charges. Fairlamb has not yet been sentenced, and the amount of time he serves will be up to the judge.

Body camera footage shows Fairlamb following and taunting officers as they made their way through the mob. At one point, Fairlamb shouts “you have no idea what the f**k you’re doing,” shoves an officer, and then punches the officer in the head, the footage shows. He is among the small group of Capitol riot cases from which CNN and other media outlets have obtained and made public video evidence showing the alleged violence up close, from police perspectives that were captured on body-worn cameras.

Prosecutors also allege that Fairlamb was one of the first rioters inside the Senate side of the building.

Scott Fairlamb is seen at the US Capitol on January 6, 2021.

During the virtual hearing, Judge Royce Lamberth held up a copy of the plea agreement and asked Fairlamb if the description of his conduct is “what really happened here.”

“Yes sir,” Fairlamb said.

“So you are in fact guilty, is that true” Lamberth asked.

“Yes, your honor” Fairlamb replied.

The Justice Department has charged more than 560 federal defendants related to the insurrection, during which rioters assaulted about 140 police officers. So far, 32 people have plead guilty to federal charges.



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