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Government renews plea deal for Maine’s first Capitol riot defendant

Updated: Jun. 9, 2021 at 6:41 AM EDT
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WASHINGTON, (WMTW) - Federal prosecutors have offered Maine Capitol riot defendant Kyle Fitzsimons a new written plea deal on his 10-count indictment for participating in the January 6th breach of the building.

Assistant United States Attorney Brandon Regan revealed the offer in a pretrial teleconference in Washington, D.C. federal district court on Tuesday.

The defendant called in from the Washington jail, where he has been detained since March and ordered to be held without bail.

The most serious charges Fitzsimons faces are felonies for allegedly assaulting officers as the mob, inspired by former President Donald Trump, tried to disrupt Congress from certifying the Electoral College vote that elevated Joe Biden to the White House.

The U.S. House later impeached Trump for inciting the riot, but the Senate did not achieve the two-thirds majority required for conviction, which both Maine Senators, Susan Collins and Angus King, supported.

Fitzsimons, 37, a resident of Lebanon arrested in February, could be among the first of 466 current riot defendants to settle his case or see a trial date scheduled.

Only two other Capitol riot defendants have pleaded guilty.

A second Mainer, Nicholas Hendrix, 34, of Gorham, was charged two weeks ago for participating in the riot.

Fitzsimons was initially offered a plea deal last month before firing his retained counsel.

His new court-appointed federal defender, Natasha Taylor-Smith, declined to characterize the terms of the government’s offer.

His next pretrial hearing is scheduled for Tuesday, June 15, at 10 a.m.

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