May 2, 2024

J6 Defendant Pleads Guity to Spraying Police with Chemical Irritant

Another January 6 defendant has chosen to take a plea deal rather than head to trial.

Bryan Bishop pleaded guilty to spraying a police officer with a “chemical irritant” on January 6 at the Capitol.

His wife, who was also at the riot, pleaded guilty in March.

Take the Deal

Bishop, who lives in South Florida, was arrested in August on charges related to his actions during the riot at the Capitol.

He had been charged with assaulting two Metropolitan Police Officers with an “orange-colored chemical irritant.”

His wife, Tonya, took a plea deal about two months ago, pleading guilty to disorderly or disruptive conduct and parading, demonstrating, or picketing in a Capitol building.

Bishop’s deal involved harsher charges, having pleaded guilty to a felony: assaulting, resisting, or impeding certain officers, which carries a maximum sentence of eight years in prison.

The crime usually carries an eight-year sentence, but since he pleaded guilty, prosecutors said they will recommend 51-63 months in prison.

He could also be fined somewhere between $20,000 and $200,000 for his actions.

Bishop’s arrest drew national headlines due to the manner of the arrest.

At the time of his arrest, he and his wife were living on a boat just off the coast of Marathon, Florida.

When police arrived, they had a rather significant presence, as we have seen in other arrests related to the J6 riot.

Bishop called it “a little dramatic,” adding, “They came in with a tactical team and drones and all kinds of s---.”

So far, more than 1,300 people have been arrested on charges related to the events that took place on January 6.

Of those, more than 700 have taken plea deals, while more than 150 requested trials.

During a recent interview, Donald Trump suggested that he would be pardoning all of the January 6 defendants, with the exception of people who did something “evil.”

Donald Trump regularly refers to the J6 defendants as “patriots.”

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