Suspected member of the Patriot Boys militia pleads guilty to assaulting an officer on January 6

Washington – An alleged member of the Patriot Boys militia group, Lucas Denney, has now pleaded guilty to one count of assaulting and obstructing law enforcement officers with a long pole and large tube on the 6th January 2021, after prosecutors admitted they had made an “unintentional procedural error by forgetting to formally charge him as required by law.

Lucas Denney near the Washington Monument, January 6, 2021.

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In December 2021, Denney, 41, of Texas, was charged with multiple crimes in a criminal complaint, a charging document that does not require grand jury consent. He was arrested and detained and has been in jail since December.

After a criminal complaint is filed, a grand jury has 40 days to file a formal indictment. Prosecutors in the Denney case did not charge him until March 7, 2021, months after the complaint against him was filed. They charged him with a single count of assaulting or obstructing officers with a dangerous or deadly weapon.

His defense team filed an emergency motion to release him from prison because prosecutors failed to charge him within the legal timeframe; prosecutors agreed they had made a mistake.

Denney chose to take advantage of the Justice Department’s procedural error and plead guilty to the single-count indictment.

He admitted he pushed his way through the large crowd gathered on the west front of the Capitol towards an officer and picked up a “long pole” to swing towards the officer, according to court documents. He and another rioter also threw a “big hit” at the police officers guarding the Capitol.

Denney could still face future charges for other crimes he may have committed on January 6. His legal team, however, concluded that this was unlikely due to double jeopardy laws. There is no formal plea agreement.

“We have considered this matter,” defense attorney William Shipley told the judge, and told him that Denney’s legal team had concluded that the chances of future charges were reduced due to double jeopardy laws. .

On the single felony count, Denney faces a maximum legal sentence of 20 years in prison and a $250,000 fine, but Judge Randolph Moss is likely to impose a lesser sentence.

Judging will take place on June 9.

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