Alleged Maine Capitol rioter to be charged with assaulting third officer on Jan. 6

Published: May. 9, 2022 at 6:21 PM EDT
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WASHINGTON (WMTW) - Kyle Fitzsimons, the first and most seriously accused of four Mainers implicated in the Jan. 6 Capitol riot faces additional charges, federal prosecutors have disclosed.

Prosecutors revealed in papers filed Friday with the U.S. District Court for Washington that the government intends to seek another superseding indictment, this time accusing Fitzsimons of assaulting a third law enforcement officer.

Prosecutors disclosed only that the third assault was “recently discovered.”

Fitzsimons already faces 10 criminal counts, including felonies for assaulting two officers, and misdemeanors for breaching the Capitol with the mob that sought to stop Congress from certifying President Joe Biden’s Electoral College victory over Donald Trump.

Fitzsimons has been jailed since his February 2021 arrest in Lebanon, Maine, where he lived with his wife and their child and worked as a butcher.

Fitzsimons is currently held at the federal jail in Washington. His trial is scheduled to begin with jury selection on June 13.

Government evidence previously released to justify his detention includes Capitol security camera and police-worn body-cam videos during the melee and recorded phone calls from federal lockup.

Prosecutors told the court Friday they will be meeting in person with Fitzsimons and his attorney on May 16 “to discuss various aspects of the case,” and they do not expect a trial delay due to the new indictment.

Prosecutors previously engaged Fitzsimons in plea talks.

Three other men from Maine, including one who now lives in Georgia, have been criminally charged for participating in the Jan. 6 Capitol riot — Nicholas Hendrix, Mitch Simon and Joshua Colgan.

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