Florida Man Who Attacked Capitol Police With Fire Extinguisher In Tears At Sentencing

A Florida man who pleaded guilty to attacking Capitol Police with a fire extinguisher at the January 6 Capitol riot while dressed in a red, white, and blue “Trump” jacket, was in tears at his sentencing hearing, while his defense attorney expressed his client’s regret for participating in the deadly attack.

Palmer told U.S. District Court Judge Tanya Chutkan he was the one identified in Department of Justice images who threw a wooden plank at police, sprayed a fire extinguisher at officers until it was empty and then threw the empty canister at the line of police protecting the entrance to the Lower West Terrace of the US Capitol.

Before his court hearing, Palmer sobbed onto the shoulder of his defense attorney Bjorn Brunvand moments before the two men entered the court for him to plead guilty to felony assault on law enforcement.

“That was Mr. Palmer being remorseful for what he did on January 6th,” Brunvand said in an interview leaving court. “And also, afraid of what’s to come.”

“Unfortunately, he did some things that he shouldn’t have done,” Brunvand said. “He knows he shouldn’t have done them, and those things will forever be part of the American history and he’s part of that.”

Palmer was originally arrested in March by federal agents, in part with the help of Huffington Post investigators.

He now faces a recommended sentence of 47-56 months in prison or about four to four and a half years behind bars. As part of his plea agreement, Palmer was immediately taken into custody by US Marshals.