Gym owner pleads guilty to assaulting officer in Jan. 6 riot

In this Jan. 6, 2021, file photo violent insurrectionists loyal to President Donald Trump hold on to a police barrier at the Capitol in Washington. A New Jersey gym owner on Friday became the first person to plead guilty to assaulting a law enforcement officer during the Jan. 6 riot at the U.S. Capitol.
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A New Jersey gym owner has become the first person to plead guilty to assaulting a law enforcement officer during the Jan. 6 riot at the U.S. Capitol.

Federal prosecutors say Scott Kevin Fairlamb was one of the very first rioters to breach the Capitol after other rioters smashed windows using riot shields and kicked out a locked door.

After leaving the building, Fairlamb harassed a line of police officers, shouting in their faces and blocking their progress through the mob.

Fairlamb is a former mixed martial arts fighter whose brother is a Secret Service agent.

He pleaded guilty on Friday.

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