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Wednesday, January 26, 2022

Feds seek prison time for a suspect in a Capitol riot who was found with a rifle

Feds want a prison sentence for a suspect in a Capitol riot who was found with a rifle.

Key takeaways:

  • Earlier this month, a North Carolina man was arrested on suspicion of drunken driving after allegedly assaulting two police officers during the Jan. 6 riot at the U.S. Capitol.
  • From Grant’s car, police discovered an AR-15 assault rifle, 60 rounds of ammunition, weapon accessories, and combat fatigues.

According to prosecutors, when a North Carolina man was arrested on suspicion of drunken driving earlier this month on charges of assaulting two police officers during the Jan. 6 riot at the United States Capitol, he had an assault rifle and ammunition in his vehicle.

After his recent arrest, Justice Department prosecutors have asked a federal judge in Washington, D.C., to revoke James Tate Grant’s pretrial release and order him detained. Grant’s pretrial release in the Jan. 6 riot case included a requirement not to possess a firearm or any other weapon.

The judge did not rule on the prosecutors’ request on Thursday.

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According to prosecutors, on Dec. 7, a police officer in Garner, North Carolina, responding to a report of a suicide threat, discovered Grant pulling out of a restaurant’s parking lot. According to prosecutors, Grant, who appeared intoxicated, told the officer about his involvement in the “Jan. 6 incident” and then attempted to flee while the officer placed him under arrest.

“He then knelt and something along the lines of, ‘Just kill me now.’ ‘It’s over,’ he said later. “In a court filing, prosecutors wrote:

From Grant’s car, police discovered an AR-15 assault rifle, 60 rounds of ammunition, weapon accessories, and combat fatigues. According to a police report, Grant purchased the rifle from a North Carolina gun dealer in April.

Prosecutors wrote that “Grant’s statements are of such a concerning nature that there is reason to believe he is a danger not only to the community but also to himself.”

Feds seek jail for Capitol riot suspect found with rifle
Feds seek jail for Capitol riot suspect found with rifle. Image from NewsNation

Grant’s attorney in the riot case, Peter Cooper, did not immediately respond to an email seeking comment on Friday.

After his arrest in North Carolina on Capitol riot-related charges on Oct. 14, prosecutors did not seek Grant’s pretrial detention.

According to prosecutors, Grant and a co-defendant, Ryan Samsel, were among the first rioters to approach Capitol police officers guarding the building before then-President Donald Trump finished his speech on Jan. 6. In the video, Grant and Samsel led the first rioters into a restricted area toward a metal barricade where several officers were stationed.

Prosecutors wrote, “The two defendants are among those who used violence to set off a chain of events that included thousands of rioters invading the United States Capitol, injuries, deaths, property damage, havoc, and the delay of a presidential election’s certification.”

According to prosecutors, Grant also entered the Capitol and entered at least two private Senate offices.

Source: CTV News

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