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Former VA Police Officer and Former W VA Lawmaker Charged Plead Guilty to Capitol Riot Charges

Former VA Police Officer and Former W VA Lawmaker Charged Plead Guilty to Capitol Riot Charges

A former Virginia police officer pleaded guilty on Friday to storming the U.S. Capitol with another former officer who is scheduled to be tried next month on charges related to the riot.

Jacob Fracker of Rocky Mount, Virginia, who was fired by the town after his arrest, has agreed to cooperate with federal prosecutors, his attorney said. Fracker pleaded guilty to conspiring to obstruct an official proceeding, the joint session of Congress that convened on January 6, 2021, to certify President Joe Biden’s electoral victory. The felony charge is punishable by a maximum prison sentence of five years. A date for his sentencing wasn’t immediately set. Fracker’s co-defendant, Thomas Robertson, has a trial scheduled to start on April 4th. The town of Rocky Mount also fired Robertson after the Capitol siege.

Before the riot, Robertson posted on Facebook about his belief that the 2020 presidential election was illegitimate and referenced an “open armed rebellion” and “insurgency,” according to Fracker’s indictment. “A legitimate republic stands on 4 boxes. The soapbox, the ballot box, the jury box, and then the cartridge box. We just moved to step 3. Step 4 will not be pretty,” he wrote on Nov. 7, 2021.

Meanwhile, a former West Virginia state lawmaker Derrick Evans pleaded guilty Friday to his role in the riot. Evans was a Republican member of the House of Delegates but never served a day, as he resigned after his arrest in January 2021, which was a month before the start of the legislative session. Evans livestreamed himself at the Capitol while wearing a helmet. In a since-deleted cell phone video that was widely shared online, Evans was shown clamoring in a jampacked doorway with other supporters of Donald Trump before joyfully strolling inside. “We’re in! We’re in!” Evans yelled. “Derrick Evans is in the Capitol!”

Evans pleaded guilty to a civil disorder charge, punishable by up to five years in prison. Sentencing was set for June 22nd.

 

 

 

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