Jan. 6: A Jan. 6 rioter was accused of attacking Officer Michael Fanone. He pleads guilty

A New York man pleaded guilty on Friday to charges in connection with the Jan. 6 assault on now-former Metropolitan Police Officer Michael Fanone.

A New York man has pleaded guilty to Friday’s charges in connection with Jan. 6’s assault on Michael Fanone, a former Metropolitan Police Officer, during the attack at the U.S Capitol.

Thomas F. Sibick, Buffalo, pleaded guilty in federal court in Washington to two counts each of assaulting, resisting, or impeding an official and theft. He is the third person to be convicted for assaulting Fanone who, according to prosecutors, “suffered serious and painful injuries” during insurrection.

Prosecutors stated in the plea agreement that sentencing guidelines recommend between 33 and 41 month imprisonment. Judge Amy Berman Jackson will sentence Sibick on July 28.

Thomas F. Sibick, Capitol Riot Jan. 6.U.S. District Court via WGRZ

Sibick made a statement of offense and admitted to taking video of the Capitol riot. He said that he had “just got tear-gassed but we’re still going, baby!” We’re going!” He took a photo of the crowd and posted it to Instagram with the caption “Wildest Experience of My Life!”

In the court filing, Fanone was also described as being “tased and kicked, punched by the crowd, pushed, pushed, grabbed, hit with objects” by them. The filing stated that Fanone was being held down by the mob. However, Sibick’s body-worn camera captured Sibick “forcibly removing” the officer’s badge, radio and tactical vest.

Sibick took a photo of himself holding and pointing at a (U.S. Capitol Police riot shield) shortly after that, the filing stated.

Later, he claimed to FBI that he had tried to help Fanone. He also pressed the emergency button on his radio. However, prosecutors stated that the button was not pushed until 16 minutes after Fanone was taken to safety. Sibick later stated that he had “changed his story three more times” and admitted to having buried Fanone’s badge in his backyard. The radio was never found.

Sibick’s attorney did not respond immediately to a request for comment.

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Fanone had a heart attack on Jan. 6 and suffered a traumatic brain injury. He resigned in December 2021 from the D.C. Police Department, where he was serving for over 20 years.

Another one of Fanone’s attackers was Kyle Young from Iowa. He was sentenced to seven years imprisonment in September.

Daniel Rodriguez, a California rioter, was sentenced to the assault on Fanone last month. His sentencing hearing will be held in May. Guidelines call for between 7 to 10 years imprisonment.

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