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