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Alleged attack on police officer on Jan 6 first related to incident to reach sentencing phase

Fairlamb's case is the first related to Capitol violence to reach the sentencing phase

Published: November 4, 2021 10:06am

Updated: November 4, 2021 11:02am

Federal prosecutors are reportedly seeking their stiffest sentence yet in cases related to the Jan. 6 Capitol riot, recommending 44 months in jail for Scott Fairlamb, a former MMA fighter who allegedly attacked a police officer.

His case is the first related to Capitol violence to reach the sentencing phase.

Fairlamb's sentencing is set for Wednesday in Washington, D.C., before District Judge Royce Lamberth, according to Politico

A key piece of evidence is a video showing Fairlamb appearing to punch a police officer’s face shield after exiting the Capitol building.

Fairlamb, a former Mixed Martial Arts fighter, pleaded guilty this summer to obstructing Congress' effort to certify the 2020 presidential election results and to assaulting a police officer. 

He's the first of more than 100 defendants charged with assaulting and impeding police officers to face sentencing, Politico also reports.

Prosecutors said in their sentencing memo that Fairlamb after exiting the U.S. Capitol isolating a Metropolitan Police Officer from his fellow officers "shoved the officer and then punched his face shield."

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