A New York man who assaulted former Washington, DC, Metropolitan Police Officer Michael Fanone in the course of the January 6, 2021, assault on the US Capitol pleaded responsible on Friday to a number of felony costs.
Thomas Sibick, 37, pleaded responsible to assaulting, resisting or impeding of an officer and two counts of theft.
On January 6, Sibick, together with others, attacked Fanone and forcibly took his badge and radio.
Prosecutors mentioned that Sibick falsely claimed to the FBI that he tried to assist Fanone and used the emergency button on the radio to sign assist. But proof confirmed that Sibick didn’t press the button till 16 minutes after Fanone was escorted to security.
Fanone is now a CNN contributor.
Prosecutors additionally mentioned that Sibick was not truthful about what he did with Fanone’s badge and radio following the assault on the Capitol. Whereas he instructed regulation enforcement he threw Fanone’s badge in a dumpster in Buffalo, New York, investigators later realized that Sibick had buried Fanone’s badge in his yard. The badge was in the end returned to investigators lined in dust.
Sibick cried along with his head down whereas questioned by DC federal Decide Amy Jackson. A number of members of Sibick’s household have been in attendance and confirmed emotion whereas the prosecution learn the assertion of factual proof.
Sibick’s sentencing is scheduled for July 28.