A Maine man pleaded guilty Thursday in a Washington, D.C. federal court to assaulting law enforcement during the breach of the U.S. Capitol Building on Jan. 6, 2021.
Matthew Brackley, 40, of Waldoboro pleaded guilty to one count of assaulting, resisting, or impeding certain officers.
He will be sentenced by U.S. District Court Judge Carl Nichols on May, 14, 2024.
According to court records, Brackley flew from Portland, Maine, to Washington, D.C., to attend then-President Donald Trump’s “Stop the Steal” rally at the National Mall on Jan. 6.
Following the speech, Brackley was part of a crowd of rioters who entered the Capitol via the Senate Wing Door, and pushed against a line of U.S. Capitol Police (USCP) officers in order to advance further into the building, federal prosecutors stated.
According to the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Columbia:
“Brackley traveled through the Rotunda and eventually made his way to the Senate Chamber, which had been evacuated several minutes earlier. Here, Brackley and others were stopped by USCP officers. Two of these officers told Brackley to ‘back up,’ and one officer gave him a small push backward. Brackley, however, did not retreat and asked where Pelosi’s office was as others behind him shouted obscenities.
After about 40 seconds of conversation with the officers, Brackley turned to the crowd behind him and shouted, “Let’s go!” He then leaned forward and, with both elbows extended outward, pushed through the two officers, leading the crowd behind him further into the hallway towards the Senate Chamber.
Brackley’s progress was stopped when a larger group of officers dressed in riot gear entered the hallway from the opposite end and halted the crowd. A police line formed as the rioters pushed against the officers, who tried to back the crowd away from the Senate Chamber.
A standstill then ensued between the rioters and USCP officers in the hallway, and Brackley stood among the crowd as others shouted expletives directed at Members of Congress, including ‘F— McConnell.’ The rioters then resumed pushing against the USCP police officers while chanting ‘USA.’
An officer then deployed chemical spray in the hallway, causing Brackley and other rioters to retreat. Brackley exited the Capitol through the South Door at 3:05 pm, over 40 minutes after first entering the building.”
Brackley was arrested by FBI agents on July, 21, 2023 in Maine, and is of more than 1,265 people who have been charged by the Department of Justice in relation to the events of Jan. 6, 2021.