Florida man who attacked police officers on Capitol Hill with a fire extinguisher on January 6 while wearing an American flag jacket emblazoned with “TRUMP” on front and back will plead guilty to felony under deal of advocacy that he concluded with the federal government. prosecutors, his lawyer told HuffPost.
Robert Scott Palmer, a Donald Trump supporter who wore a “Florida For Trump” hat as he attacked agents protecting the Capitol, was arrested five months ago, just 12 days after a HuffPost article in the March 5 revealed his identity. Members of the #SeditionHunters community who are working to identify the January 6 rioters had tagged him #FloridaFlagJacket. After speaking to a HuffPost online detective called “Amy,” we reached out to Palmer, who admitted he was in Washington on January 6 and claimed that the Biden administration was trying to “defame the Patriots” who took storming the Capitol. He hung up when HuffPost asked about the fire extinguisher.
Palmer’s attorney, Bjorn Brunvand, confirmed to HuffPost that his client plans to agree to a plea deal. Court records have shown Palmer will appear for a plea agreement hearing before Judge Tanya S. Chutkan on October 4.
Much like Trump supporter Scott Fairlamb who attacked cops on the Capitol on January 6 despite his father being a New Jersey soldier and his brother in Michelle Obama’s Secret Service – Palmer will plead guilty to a felony in as part of its agreement.
Palmer, Brunvand said, will plead guilty to three of his indictments: “Assaulting, resisting or obstructing certain officers using a dangerous weapon, inflicting bodily harm.” The count indicates that Palmer used “a deadly or dangerous weapon, ie a fire extinguisher” to assault officers performing official duties on behalf of the United States.
“He surrendered and surrendered shortly after your story,” Brunvand told HuffPost. “We contacted the FBI, and he went as soon as they were ready for him to… Consistent with what we’ve been doing since day one, he wants to accept responsibility for what he’s done.”
Brunvand has said he will ask for a downward deviation from the agreed range of guidelines, which will be spelled out in the plea deal when tabled. (Palmer has already committed criminal offenses on his record, which will affect his sentence range.) Palmer plans to plead guilty in person, Brunvand said. The overwhelming majority of federal crimes are settled by some sort of plea agreement.
Palmer had to shut down his business and has received harassing phone calls since his arrest, Brunvand said. Brunvand said that although he and Palmer were “complete polar opposites” when it came to their political views, he believed Palmer was a “really nice man” with strong political views.
“This is what I do, I represent people accused of committing crimes,” Brunvand said. “In the majority of cases, the crime that may have been committed does not necessarily reflect who they are. “
Federal authorities have charged nearly 600 defendants in connection with the January 6 attack, and hundreds more arrests are underway. Online detectives have successfully identified dozens and dozens of defendants on Capitol Hill who have yet to be arrested.
“Amy,” the online detective who helped identify Palmer, told HuffPost this week that she was happy Palmer was taking responsibility for his crimes. Amy, who describes herself as a moderate, said it was important for her to help people understand that their behaviors were not patriotic.
“Making a plea deal is at least accepting responsibility for your bad behavior, and boy, isn’t that what we’re all trying to teach our children?” Amy said. “When you are wrong, accept responsibility. I hope he understands that he was wrong. I don’t know if he knows it or not, but I hope he will when he gets to jail.
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