Jan. 6 Rioter George Tanios Likely To Get Time Served

George Tanios edit

Jan. 6th rioter George Tanios stands under a Trump “Keep America Great” banner. (Photo via DOJ)

Federal prosecutors have recommended that one of the two men initially charged with a role in the assault on the late U.S. Capitol Police Officer Brian Sicknick receive a time-served sentence.

That rioter, George Tanios, was initially charged with multiple serious felonies in connection with the Jan. 6th attack on the U.S. Capitol, including assaulting law enforcement. Those charges received a serious downgrade at the time of his plea hearing last July, where Tanios ultimately admitted to a pair of misdemeanors: entering and remaining in a restricted building or grounds and disorderly conduct inside a restricted building or grounds.

Those two misdemeanors carried a maximum penalty of one year — and a recommended guidelines range of up to six months.

Prosecutors noted that Tanios has nearly served that amount of time already since his arrest: five months and six days.

“In the instant case, the Guidelines sentence will provide deterrence to Tanios it that it will discourage future criminal conduct,” Assistant U.S. Attorney Anthony Scarpelli wrote in a 28-page legal brief. “The goal of the government’s sentencing recommendation is that it will promote the respect the law and make more lawful decisions, and over have Tanios follow society’s norms.”

Though Tanios brought bear spray with him to Washington, D.C., prosecutors agree that he was not the man who ultimately deployed the chemicals on Sicknick and two other officers. His co-defendant, Julian Khater, ultimately pleaded guilty to that crime. Prosecutors previously alleged that the two of them worked together with the assault on Sicknick, who died the day after the attack on the Capitol.

“Tanios purchased two, 7.9-ounce canisters of Frontiersman Bear Spray,” the sentencing filing states. “Tanios also purchased two canisters of pepper spray. Tanios told the store employee that he and his companion (who turned out to be Khater) would carry the pepper spray on their person while in Washington, D.C., and they would put the bear spray in the car. Tanios later gave one of the pepper spray cannisters to Khater prior to arriving in Washington, D.C.”

The two other officers Khater sprayed are identified in court papers as U.S. Capitol Police Officer Caroline Edwards and an unidentified officer with the initials “B.C.” Edwards testified before the Jan. 6th Committee in June.

Neither the government nor the defense memos mention the names of Sicknick or the other officers.

“Today, Mr. Tanios is employed and lives an ordinary life with his family in Morgantown, West Virginia,” his attorney Elizabeth Gross wrote in a sentencing memo. “He has been fully compliant with the conditions of release and has had no further difficulties with law enforcement or the justice system. Mr. Tanios has minimal criminal history and did not have an aggravating role on January 6.”

In an unusual courtroom presentation, Tanios’s legal team linked to a slickly produced 14-minute YouTube video depicting their client as a humble family man.

A lawsuit filed by Sicknick’s estate depicts Tanios far differently, as one of the “violent” members of the “mob” egged on by former President Donald Trump to descend upon the U.S. Capitol and put their loved one in “mortal danger.” The lawsuit blames Trump, Tanios, and Khater for Sicknick’s “wrongful death.”

Tanios will be sentenced on Jan. 27, before U.S. District Judge Thomas Francis Hogan, a Ronald Reagan appointee.

Read the government’s sentencing memo, below:

Have a tip we should know? [email protected]

You May Also Like

Suspect arrested for shooting, killing teen after car club meet-up on West Side, records show

SAN ANTONIO – A teenager has been arrested for fatally shooting another…

Fitch Says Disney Reedy Creek Plan In Florida Addresses ‘Uncertainties’

Walt Disney World (TFP File Photo) After raising concerns last year about…

Matty Pearson into Huddersfield Town line-up in only change to face Blackpool

Mark Fotheringham’s only alteration to the first XI that drew against Queens…

Woman plotted with neo-Nazi to attack power grid, feds say

BALTIMORE – A Maryland woman spent months conspiring with a neo-Nazi leader…

2 Shot At The Land O’ Lakes ‘Village Lakes Shopping Plaza’

Village Lakes Shopping Plaza LAND O’ LAKES, Fla. – Pasco Sheriff’s deputies…

M1 junction 39 closure live as drivers stuck in miles of queues after crash

West Yorkshire Police have temporarily held all traffic on M1 Northbound

Yorkshire school holidays 2023: When are the school holidays in Huddersfield, York, Sheffield, Bradford and Rotherham?

Here are the school holiday dates for schools in Yorkshire 2023

Mother of missing aristocrat who vanished with her newborn baby and boyfriend writes open letter

The mother of a missing aristocrat who vanished more than a month…

Arizona Border Rancher Charged with Murder After Alleged Migrant Shooting

An elderly Arizona border rancher faces murder charges following the shooting death…

Budweiser Clydesdales announce birth of 4 new members

Warm Springs Ranch is hosting Football and Foals, a football party, where…

Brady not expected in announcing booth at Super Bowl

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Tom Brady will not go immediately from the…

JCPD investigating ‘serious’ crash involving pedestrian | WJHL

JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. (WJHL) — Police are investigating a serious crash involving…