Man from Berkeley County pleads guilty to assaulting officers during the January 6 Capitol attack.

Man from Cross Pleads Guilty for Role in U.S. Capitol Attack

In a significant development, Christopher George Rockey, a 54-year-old man from Cross, pleaded guilty to a felony charge of assaulting, resisting, or impeding certain officers during the Jan. 6, 2021, attack on the U.S. Capitol.

Rockey’s Actions During the Attack

According to court documents, Rockey traveled from Cross to Washington, D.C. to attend former President Donald Trump’s speech at the Ellipse, after which he proceeded to the Capitol Building.

Rockey entered the Capitol building through the Senate Wing Door just before 2:30 p.m. and navigated his way to the Rotunda and toward the House Chamber, as per prosecutors.

While inside the Capitol, Rockey was part of a group of rioters that encountered a group of police officers trying to halt their advance. Despite the officers’ attempts, the rioters managed to push through. Rockey was seen exiting the building around 2:44 p.m.

Later on, Rockey and a group of rioters gathered on the Upper Terrace on the north side of the Capitol. Around 4:35 p.m., law enforcement officials tried to clear the area of rioters. However, Rockey defied commands, grabbed an officer’s riot shield, and attempted to obstruct law enforcement’s efforts to clear the terrace.

Sentencing Date and Judge’s Decision

District Court Judge Rudolph Contreras has scheduled Rockey’s sentencing for Nov. 12, 2024.

Read More of this Story at – 2024-06-12 22:39:00

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