A man from Carlsbad pleaded guilty Friday to assaulting multiple police officers during the Jan. 6, 2021 uprising in the US Capitol.
James Burton McGrew, 40, admitted to being involved in a mob of people who passed police guarding the Capitol and then attacked police officers during a series of fights. He is due to be sentenced in August to a maximum of eight years in prison for calling for assault, resistance or obstruction of officers.
According to the U.S. Attorney’s Office, McGrew and other rioters stormed the doors of the Upper West Terrace in the Capitol building, where he videotaped himself shouting “Let’s go” and “We got this thing.”
After entering the building, prosecutors say he pushed one police officer and hit another.
According to court records, an officer told McGrew, “Just go, go, friend, come on,” to which he responded by shouting, “You go. You leave. This is our home.”
When an officer used a bat to push McGrew and others toward the exit, McGraw hit the officer and rushed to find the baton, the U.S. Attorney’s Office said.
The crowd was eventually repulsed by the Rotunda from the officers, but 45 minutes later, McGraw joined a group of rioters at the entrance to the Lower West Terrace tunnel at the Capitol building.
Prosecutors allege another assailant gave McGraw a wooden handrail with metal arms, which he threw into the tunnel, where he struck an officer in the shield or cornice.
McGrew was arrested in May last year in Arizona.
The Justice Department says more than 800 people have been arrested in connection with the Capitol violation, including more than 250 accused of attacking or obstructing law enforcement.
Along with McGrew, two other San Diego County residents were prosecuted for their role in the breach.
Jeffrey Alexander Smith, a resident of Coronado at the time, pleaded guilty and was sentenced to three months in prison, while Philip James Weisbecker, then from Ocean Beach, pleaded guilty and is expected to be sentenced next month.
Another San Diego resident, 35 years old Ashli Babbitt, was fatally shot by a U.S. Capitol officer as he tried to climb out of a broken window into the speaker lobby.
– City news service
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