Former Sheriff Jacob Fracker pleads guilty to Felony January 6

A photo shows Jacob Fracker (L), Thomas Robertson (R), former police officers from Virginia storming the Capitol on January 6.

Jacob Fracker (L) and Thomas Robertson (R), former police officers from Virginia, are seen at the Capitol on January 6. (Image via FBI court filings.)

A former Virginia police officer who was Fired for allegedly storming the Capitol on January 6 with his platoon sergeant has pleaded guilty to a felony and will cooperate with prosecutors.

Jacob FrackerThe 30-year-old, formerly a K9 unit officer with the Rocky Mount Police Department in Virginia, was charged with traveling to Washington with his platoon sergeant. Thomas Robertson. At that time, the duo is said to have joined the crowd approaching the Capitol after Donald TrumpThe so-called “Stop Theft” rally.

Fracker pleaded guilty; Robertson’s case is scheduled to go to trial on April 4.

Wearing gas masks, both men are said to have entered the Capitol and photographed themselves inside the Capitol Crypt. The couple made obscene gestures in front of the camera and stood in front of the statue of Major General during the revolutionary war John Starkaccording to the evidence presented by the FBI.

On Friday, Fracker pleaded guilty to conspiring to obstruct, influence, and obstruct congressional certification of the Electoral College vote. Joe BidenTrump’s victory over Trump in the 2020 presidential election.

The certification blocking was the alleged purpose of the violent mob that overpowered police on Capitol Hill that day and succeeded, at least temporarily: lawmakers and staffers forced to hide or evacuate as Trump supporters, including some target Specifically Members of parliamentforcing them to enter the Capitol building.

The conspiracy charge carries a penalty of up to five years in prison and a maximum fine of $250,000.

In his plea, Fracker said he and Robertson had agreed to try and “hinder, prevent, or delay” Electoral College certification and to assist each other in doing so, including hindering Electoral College certification. road the Metropolitan Police Department officers who are trying to control. rioting crowd.

Fracker also admitted that on January 6, he made social media posts “supporting and encouraging mob action” at the Capitol that day.

According to court documents, both Fracker and Robertson had left duty when they arrived in Washington on January 6. They had their police ID badges and firearms with them, but left them in their vehicles.

Fracker’s confession was never a certainty. In August, he and Robertson refuse a plea agreement is “wired,” meaning that both need to accept the offer for it to be valid.

At that time, attorney Fracker Bernard Crane to the Judge of the United States District Court Christopher R. Cooper that since Robertson refused the plea, Fracker had no choice but to do so.

With Fracker’s confession, that seems to have changed.

Robertson will appear in court on April 4. It is unclear what role Fracker will play, if any; The DOJ told Law & Crime it does not comment on pending cases and Crane did not immediately respond to Law & Crime’s request for comment.

Fracker pleaded guilty before a US District Judge Royce C. Lambert.

According to federal prosecutors, Robertson was more outspoken than Fracker: as early as November 7, 2020, he had been posting social media posts about the need for a violent counterattack to the outcome. of the presidential election.

“A legitimate republic stands on four boxes,” Robertson wrote in a message retrieved by the federal government. “Soap box, ballot box, jury box, and then the magazine box. We’ve just moved on to step 3. Step 4 won’t look good. I can’t speak for anyone else, but being ripped off due to fraud has been a pain for me. I spent most of my adult life fighting the insurgents. I am about to be part of one, and a very productive part. ”

On December 19, 2020, Robertson wrote on Facebook (again, according to the Feds) that he was prepared to start a “open and armed uprising” and a “revolt,” saying added that he knows “a group of like-minded individuals with personal training. ”

Prosecutors say an FBI search of Robertson’s home revealed firearms, weapons and explosives, including a partially assembled pipe bomb. Robertson was ordered not to have any weapons or explosives as a condition of bond, and in July Judge Cooper ordered him back to prison pending trial.

No sentencing date has been set due to Fracker’s cooperation agreement with the federal government. The parties have agreed to meet in a state meeting on April 28.

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[Images via FBI court filing.]

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