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Romance model accused of dragging police officer in January 6 attack pleads guilty

A Michigan man, who appeared on the cover of romance novels, has pleaded guilty to assaulting law enforcement officers with a dangerous weapon during riots at the US Capitol on January 6, 2021.

Logan James Barnhart, 41, of Holt, Michigan, was among the crowd that broke into the arch leading to the Capitol Building from the Lower West Terrace where a Metropolitan Police Department (MPD) officer was attacked with a truncheon by a fellow rioter.

He is accused of grabbing the collar of the officer’s ballistic vest and then dragging the officer down the steps in a prone position, leading him into the crowd where he was assaulted by other rioters with weapons, including a flagpole and a baton, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office.

The officer suffered physical injuries, including bruises and abrasions, as a result of the attack.

Mr Barnhart, who is also a construction worker, was arrested on August 17 last year in Lansing and faces a maximum of 20 years in prison as well as fines.

Appearing before US District Judge Emmet G Sullivan, Mr Barnhart pleaded guilty to assaulting, resisting or obstructing officers.

“Are you pleading guilty because you are guilty? Judge Sullivan asked him during the virtual hearing.

“Yes, sir,” he replied from his car, adding that everything in the agreed statement of offense was “100% true.”

According to a Justice Department indictment, he also happened where rioters slammed riot shields into the line of police.

He supported other rioters and propelled them forward into the line of officers and struck the officers with the base of a flagpole.

He was initially charged with assaulting, resisting or obstructing certain officers with a dangerous weapon, but he was included in a replacement indictment along with eight other men.

He is expected to be sentenced on March 23, 2023.

He appeared on the covers of the “Lighter” and “Stepbrother UnSEALed: A Bad Boy Military Romance” novels.

More than 870 people have been arrested in the 20-month investigation since the riots in 50 states for violating the US Capitol. Among those arrested, more than 265 people were charged with committing crimes.

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