First Capitol riot plea deal granted for the brother of a US secret service agent

First Capitol riot plea deal granted for the brother of a US secret service agent
The U.S. Capitol Building, Jan. 6, 2021, Tyler Merbler

As U.S. prosecutors begin offering plea deals to Capitol riot suspects, a Trump-supporting New Jersey gym owner who happens to be the brother of a U.S. Secret Service agent will likely benefit from the legal effort.

According to Huffpost, Scott Fairlamb, brother of a Secret Service agent who worked on former first Lady Michelle Obama's security detail, is being offered a plea deal in connection with the two felony charges he is facing. Those charges are: "one of obstruction of an official proceeding, and one of assaulting an officer," the publication reports.

It is also noted:

"Both counts are felonies, and the plea agreement states that the sentencing guidelines call for between 41 months minimum and 51 months maximum imprisonment."

However, Fairlamb's attorney, Harley Breite, can push for a more lenient prison sentence.

Details about Fairlamb's plea deal come just days after the flurry of plea deals were announced. As previously reported on Alternet, U.S. prosecutors offered plea deals to Capitol riot suspects accused of committing violent crimes in connection with the Jan. 6 insurrection.

At the time, prosecutors alleged in court documents:

"The accused rioters used police riot shields and batons to attack uniformed officers guarding the Capitol and that crowd members could also be 'overheard planning and implementing a rotation of rioters to have the 'fresh' rioters up front' to form a 'shield wall' to stop police from using pepper spray."

Speaking out about Fairlamb's deal earlier this week, Briete told the publication "his client wanted to 'assume responsibility for the things that he did' and 'make amends for them and move on with his life.'"


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