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UPDATE: Calumet man involved with Capitol attack accepts plea deal

Karl Dresch pleaded guilty to one count of parading, demonstrating, or picketing in a Capitol building.
A selfie Karl Dresch took at the U.S. Capitol and shared with another Facbeook user, according...
A selfie Karl Dresch took at the U.S. Capitol and shared with another Facbeook user, according to FBI files.(FBI)
Published: Jul. 30, 2021 at 1:54 PM EDT|Updated: Aug. 4, 2021 at 2:00 PM EDT
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WASHINGTON, D.C. (WLUC/AP) - UPDATE: Aug. 4, 2021: A Calumet man charged in the Jan. 6 riot at the U.S. Capitol pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor Wednesday and was released after more than six months in custody.

Prosecutors in Washington dropped other charges against Karl Dresch in exchange for his guilty plea to willfully demonstrating in a Capitol building, defense attorney Jerry Ray Smith Jr. said.

“I’m going to be happy to send him home,” said Smith, who declined additional comment.

Dresch, 40, a Calumet resident in the Upper Peninsula, was arrested in January and held without bond.

His social media activity, especially photos, led investigators to him. Dresch posted several messages and joked about the use of tear gas by police at the Capitol.

Dresch posted a photo of himself holding a Donald Trump flag while standing next to a statue of slavery defender John C. Calhoun of South Carolina, who was vice president from 1825 through 1832.

While Dresch didn’t commit violence, “he was arrested because he was an enthusiastic participant in an effort to subvert and undo the electoral process,” U.S. District Judge Amy Berman Jackson said.

Dresch’s late father, Stephen, was a dean at Michigan Technological University and a Republican state lawmaker in 1991-92.

Dresch was given credit for timed served and will be released from jail.

See more on Thursday’s sentencing from NBC4 Washington reporter, Scott MacFarlane, who was in the federal courtroom.

STORY FROM LATE JULY: An Upper Michigan man continues to fight against his detainment for charges related to the January 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol.

Karl Dresch, of Calumet, initially filed an appeal against his detention back in May. He was arrested on January 19. That was just days after he was identified as one of the people who stormed the Capitol building on January 6 as part of former President Trump’s ‘Stop the Steal’ rally.

In the appeal, Dresch argued that he was not a flight risk and several members of the Houghton County community vouched for him, including the late Houghton County Sheriff Brian McLean. Dresch also argued that his charges were not serious enough to warrant detainment, since only one of the five charges is a felony.

The Federal judge denied the motion, however, citing several of Dresch’s social media posts during the riots as evidence that he was going to Washington, D.C. with the specific intent of taking over the U.S. Capitol. The prosecution included Dresch’s status as a convicted felon in their argument for detainment.

On Thursday, Dresch filed another appeal regarding his detainment. No new court date is set yet. Dresch remains in a federal holding facility without the possibility for bond.

Read the original story here: https://www.uppermichiganssource.com/2021/01/20/calumet-man-arrested-in-investigation-of-capitol-riot/

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