Maine man found guilty of assaulting officers during Jan. 6 insurrection
A Maine man was found guilty Tuesday of nearly a dozen charges after he joined the Jan. 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol.
Kyle Fitzsimons, 39, of Lebanon was the first Mainer charged in the Jan. 6 riot.
During a bench trial last month, the U.S. Justice Department argued that he committed several assaults against police that day. In one, he reportedly hurled an unstrung bow at an officer. In another, he tried to pull a fallen officer into the mob, then allegedly injured the shoulder of another who came to the rescue.
In a closeup photo taken that day, Fitzsimons has a crazed look as blood runs down one side of his face.
His assigned attorney, Natasha Taylor-Smith, didn't immediately respond to a request for comment. She has argued that Fitzsimons expected Jan. 6 to be a peaceful protest of the presidential election certification.
But today, a federal judge found Fitzsimons guilty of seven felonies, including obstructing an official proceeding, interfering with police, engaging in violence in a restricted building, and four counts of assaulting an officer. Additional misdemeanors include disorderly conduct and committing acts of violence in a restricted building.
The Justice Department says Fitzsimons could receive up 94 years in prison at his sentencing in February.
Three other people have reportedly been arrested in Maine for their involvement in the Jan. 6 attack, but none of the others have been charged with felonies.