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Published on May 28, 2024
Maryland Man Admits Attack on Officers During Jan. 6 InsurrectionSource: Unsplash/ Emiliano Bar

A Maryland man has admitted to his role in the Jan. 6, 2021 assault on the U.S. Capitol, entering a guilty plea for attacking law enforcement officers during the insurrection that shook the nation's parliamentary proceedings. Nicholas Ortt, 43, from Mount Airy, took a plea deal on May 23, ahead of sentencing which is slated for later this year on Sept. 23, according to the U.S. Department of Justice.

On the day when Congress was tasked with certifying the 2020 presidential election results, court filings revealed Ortt entered the Capitol grounds after attending the "Stop the Steal" rally, and he played a part in the chaos that ensued as lawmakers were forced to halt their constitutional duty Ortt forced his way through a police line battling officers and grabbing their batons in an attempt to disrupt the certification process. As the situation escalated, Ortt posted a celebratory picture with another rioter wielding a stolen police shield on his Facebook page, boldly proclaiming, "Never was prouder to be part of it," the U.S. Department of Justice reported.

Ortt, labeled as BOLO #351, was apprehended by the FBI in Ellicott City on March 8, after a thorough investigation by agencies including the FBI's Baltimore and Washington Field Offices and local police departments. The resolution of his case adds to the more than 1,424 individuals charged for their actions during the Capitol breach, with over 500 facing serious charges for assaulting or obstructing law enforcement. These arrests highlight the ongoing efforts to hold alleged rioters accountable for their participation in the event that aimed to overturn a democratic election.

The case against Ortt is being handled by the National Security Division's Counterterrorism Section and the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Columbia they have set the hearing for later in the year, Ortt's actions represent a segment of a broader investigation which is actively piecing together the events of that tumultuous January day that witnessed an unprecedented breach of the United States Capitol. As this investigation continues, the nation watches on, grappling with the implications of that day's violation of democratic premises, the U.S. Department of Justice asserts that their work is far from over.