A person identified by the hashtag #FloridaFlagJacket has admitted to being on the “entrance line” of the Jan. 6 assault on the U.S. Capitol, acknowledging that he sprayed cops with a fireplace extinguisher earlier than throwing it at them.
Robert Scott Palmer pleaded responsible Monday to 1 depend of assaulting, resisting, or impeding officers utilizing a harmful weapon.
Palmer, 54, appeared in individual for the listening to earlier than U.S. District Courtroom Decide Tanya Chutkan. When she requested him whether or not he sprayed Capitol cops with a fireplace extinguisher earlier than throwing it at them, Palmer responded with a easy “Sure ma’am.” He provided the identical response when she requested him if he was a part of the “entrance line” of individuals attacking the Capitol constructing.
Palmer additionally admitted to throwing a wood plank at officers, and acknowledged that he knew they have been engaged of their official responsibility when he attacked them.
Palmer, who was carrying a crimson “Florida for Trump” hat and an American flag jacket in the course of the incursion, confronted multiple felony charges, together with further assault costs and unlawfully coming into a restricted constructing or grounds.
In response to the plea settlement, the estimated guideline vary for sentencing is 46-57 months. Palmer’s lawyer, Bjorn Brunvand, has mentioned he plans to argue for a downward variance.
Palmer can be in federal custody till his sentencing, set for December 17. Brunvand had requested that Palmer be launched, indicating that he may show with “clear and convincing proof” that Palmer was not a risk to public security. Nonetheless, as Chutkan famous, the plea settlement mentioned that Palmer’s pre-sentencing detention was obligatory, and denied Brunvand’s request.
Brunvand additionally mentioned that Palmer had offered all his property in anticipation of being incarcerated—efforts that included, apparently, a garage sale.
Beneath the settlement, Palmer pays $2,000 in restitution.
Palmer advised Chutkan that this wasn’t his first time pleading responsible to against the law, and Brunvand famous that Palmer has prior convictions courting again to 1989. The Huffpost had reported in March that Palmer, who ran a cleansing and restoration enterprise, had a prison file of battery and felony fraud.
Palmer was recognized as one of many Jan. 6 attackers after a web based sleuth generally known as “Amy” labored with HuffPost reporters to establish him. He was arrested simply days after the March HuffPost story revealed his id.
“He surrendered and turned himself in shortly after your story,” Brunvand advised HuffPost in August. “We reached out to the FBI, and he turned himself in as quickly as they have been prepared for him to … In step with what we’ve been doing since day one, he needs to simply accept accountability for what he did.”
Video confirmed Palmer spraying a fireplace extinguisher towards cops standing in a Capitol archway on Jan. 6. He then threw the extinguisher into the archway.
Different video confirmed Palmer giving an on-camera interview during which he recognized himself by identify after pulling his masks right down to reveal his face.
[Image via FBI, YouTube]
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