Missouri man who carried pitchfork at Capitol riot pleads guilty to assaulting police

A Raytown man who federal prosecutors say assaulted police and carried a pitchfork on the Capitol grounds during the Jan. 6 riot pleaded guilty Thursday to three felonies.

Christopher Brian Roe, 39, pleaded guilty to three counts of assaulting, resisting and impeding certain officers. The hearing was held in U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia.

His sentencing is scheduled for March 5. Roe is the 24th Missouri defendant to be convicted in a Capitol riot case. Of those, 17 have been sentenced. The cases of 12 other Missourians are ongoing.

Roe was arrested July 18 on some of the most serious charges to date among the 36 Capitol riot defendants from Missouri. The 27-page probable cause affidavit filed with the criminal complaint contained 48 photos that showed a man it said was Roe breaching the Capitol, repeatedly scuffling with police and using a metal bicycle rack to try to break open a door.

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