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December 1, 2021

By Mark Hosenball

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – A Georgia man pleaded guilty on Wednesday to attacking a police officer during the Jan. 6 U.S. Capitol riot by supporters of Donald Trump trying to overturn his election defeat.

Kevin Creek, 46, of Alpharetta, pleaded guilty to a felony charge that he engaged in physical contact with a police officer during the riot.

U.S. District Judge Dabney Friedrich told Creek the charge carried a maximum prison term of 8 years and fine of $250,000, but that federal guidelines suggested a prison sentence ranging from 24 to 30 months.

The judge scheduled a sentencing hearing for March 10.

According to a Federal Bureau of Investigation report, videos show Creek attacking “multiple” police officers during the riot.

The FBI said that during a subsequent visit to a Georgia hospital, Creek talked about being “tear gassed” at the Capitol on Jan. 6.

During an FBI interview in May, Creek was shown videos of a rioter attacking police and “admitted the videos looked like him,” while claiming he “did not remember assaulting any officer.” He confirmed that during the riot he was armed with mace and a knife.

More than 120 defendants have pleaded guilty to Jan. 6 charges, though fewer than 20 have pleaded guilty to felonies.

Four felony pleas related to assaults on police, according to the Justice Department. At least 65 defendants face charges of using a dangerous weapon or causing injury to police. The department said around 140 police officers were assaulted during the riot.

A Capitol Police officer attacked by protesters died the following day. Four D.C. police officers who guarded the Capitol later committed suicide. Four rioters also died, including one who was shot by police as she tried to climb through a shattered window inside the building.

(Reporting By Mark Hosenball; Editing by Bill Berkrot)