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NJ Man apologizes at Capitol Riot; Saw Babbitt Shooting – NBC10 Philadelphia

A New Jersey man who said he was standing next to a woman when she was fatally shot in the Jan. 6 U.S. Capitol break-in on Thursday has pleaded guilty to his role in the incident. violence.

Thomas Baranyi pleaded guilty Thursday in Washington, DC, to one count of entering and staying in a restricted building. As part of the plea agreement, he faces up to six months in prison. Baranyi also agreed to be interviewed by law enforcement about the riot.

A notice seeking comment was left Thursday with a federal public defender who represents Baranyi.

After President Trump’s supporters stormed the Capitol in an attempt to prevent Joe Biden’s election confirmation, Baranyi told a local news station he was near Ashli ​​Babbitt when she tried to climb. through the window into the hallway into the Speakers’ Hall, which leads to the House of Commons.

A video shows Baranyi standing next to Babbitt, according to court documents.

Baranyi told the interviewer that after police ordered the crowd to get out of the way, Babbitt, a 35-year-old Air Force veteran, “didn’t heed the call and when we ran up to try to grab everyone people and scissors. they turned around, they shot her in the neck, and she fell on me again. ”

“It could have been me, but she got in first,” added Baranyi.

The United States Attorney’s Office for the District of Columbia confirmed Capitol Police Officer Michael Byrd committed misconduct in the shooting, concluding that he acted in self-defence and to protect members of Congress. The U.S. Capitol Police announced in August they had also liberated Byrd.

https://www.nbcphiladelphia.com/news/local/nj-man-pleads-guilty-in-capitol-riot-saw-babbitt-shooting/3133297/ NJ Man apologizes at Capitol Riot; Saw Babbitt Shooting – NBC10 Philadelphia

DUSTIN JONES

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