Jan. 6 rioter pleads guilty to assaulting Capitol officer who later died due to unrelated condition

Critics have claimed officer died due to injuries from riot, but evidence has been unforthcoming.

By Just the News staff

Jan. 6 Rioter Accused of Attack on Officer Pleads Guilty to Lesser Crimes (Photo credit: Yahoo Finance )

A Jan. 6 rioter pled guilty on Thursday to having assaulted a Capitol police officer who died shortly after the riot due to what medical authorities ultimately concluded were unrelated natural causes.

Julian Khater pled guilty before Senior U.S. District Judge Thomas Hogan to two charges of assaulting an officer with a deadly weapon. Under the plea agreement, Khater may face 97 months in prison—about eight years—though he theoretically faces a maximum of 20 years per charge.

Khater has been in custody since March of 2021 when he was arrested on the charges for which he ultimately pled guilty.

One of the two officers Khater was accused of assaulting was Brian Sicknick, a member of the Capitol police force who died the day after the Jan. 6 riot, reportedly from two consecutive strokes that brought about his death over the course of just under 42 hours.

Commentators and politicians immediately claimed that Sicknick had died due to injuries he sustained during the riot, with many citing claims by two anonymous media sources that he had been hit in the side of the head with a fire extinguisher.

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About Joel Cholo Brooks 13611 Articles
Joel Cholo Brooks is a Liberian journalist who previously worked for several international news outlets including the BBC African Service. He is the CEO of the Global News Network which publishes two local weeklies, The Star and The GNN-Liberia Newspapers. He is a member of the Press Union Of Liberia (PUL) since 1986, and several other international organizations of journalists, and is currently contributing to the South Africa Broadcasting Corporation as Liberia Correspondent.
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