PA Man Pleads Guilty to Use of Stun Guns on Police in Jan 6 Attack

Washington -- August 1, 20222:  In connection with attacks on law enforcement personnel and a member of the media on January 6, 2021, a Pennsylvania man entered a guilty plea to two charges July 28, 2022. 

His and other people's efforts caused a joint session of the US Congress to be called in order to determine and tally the electoral votes for the presidential election.

In the District of Columbia, 55-year-old Alan William Byerly of Fleetwood, Pennsylvania, admitted to attacking, obstructing, or hindering law enforcement officials as well as hitting, beating, or injuring a person on federal property.

Byerly earlier bought a stun gun, which he transported on January 6, 2021, to a rally near the Ellipse and then to the Capitol grounds, according to court filings. He broke the law when he entered the property and joined other rioters on the Capitol's Lower West Terrace. At around 2:10 p.m., protesters pushed an Associated Press reporter down a flight of stairs going to the western front of the Capitol. The reporter was carrying a camera, wearing a helmet-style gas mask, and wearing a lanyard with the letters AP on it. Byerly observed the individuals who dragged the journalist down the stairs and the subsequent assault. The journalist was then shoved, pushed, and dragged by him and three other people at the foot of the stairs. The journalist was shoved backward by Byerly after being grasped by both hands. Then, he carried on dragging and pushing him away from the stairs.

Later, still on the Lower West Terrace, Byerly walked up to the police, who had arranged themselves behind a row of bike racks to create a barrier between themselves and the crowd. Byerly walked up to the officers, hoisted his stun gun in his right hand, and fired it. Byerly's stun gun was successfully removed by officers, but he persisted in charging them and pushing and punching them as he did so. Moreover, he took a police officer's baton. Due to his actions, an officer lost his balance, fell, and hit his hands on the ground.

On July 7, 2021, Byerly was taken into custody in Fleetwood, Pennsylvania. The date of his sentencing is October 21, 2022. He could spend up to eight years in jail for attacking, obstructing, or hindering law enforcement, and one year for hitting, beating, or injuring someone on government property. Additionally, the charges may result in financial fines. After taking into account the U.S. Sentencing Guidelines and other legal considerations, a federal district court judge will decide on any sentence.

With the help of the U.S. Attorney's Office for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania, the District of Columbia U.S. Attorney's Office and the Justice Department's National Security Division are prosecuting the case.

The Philadelphia Field Office, Allentown Resident Agency, and Washington Field Office of the FBI, which designated Byerly as #193 on its seeking information pictures, are all conducting investigations into the case. The U.S. Capitol Police and the Metropolitan Police Department were of great service.

Over 850 people have been detained in almost all 50 states since January 6, 2021 for offenses connected to the breach of the US Capitol, including over 260 people accused of assaulting or obstructing law officers. The inquiry is still ongoing.

Wnctimes by Marjorie Farrington

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