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.
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.
Standby: Jan 6 defendant Karl Dresch of Michigan is about to plead guilty. Dresch has been jailed for months (he has felony history and is accused of troubling social media posts)— Scott MacFarlane (@MacFarlaneNews) August 4, 2021
This will be a misdemeanor guilty plea.. unlawful parading/picketing
He'll be sentenced today! pic.twitter.com/4Uf9g3jC3e
Dresch has just formally admitted & acknowledging unlawfully entering Capitol during Electoral College vote count— Scott MacFarlane (@MacFarlaneNews) August 4, 2021
He's not accused of assault or damage. He's pleading guilty to what's become the "boiler plate" misdemeanor charge of "unlawful parading & picketing"
Dresch will be asked to pay $500 restitution and a $10 fine in addition to his time served in jail.— Scott MacFarlane (@MacFarlaneNews) August 4, 2021
Defense lawyer says he expects Dresch is released from jail by tonight. And will return home to Michigan
!1 WHOA: DC fed. judge slams Jan 6 defendant Karl Dresch & Donald Trump in sentencing hearing just now— Scott MacFarlane (@MacFarlaneNews) August 4, 2021
Telling Dresch: "Your vote doesn't count any more than anyone else's. You don't get to cancel them out. Patriotism means loyalty to country... not to single head of state"
UPDATE: Jan 6 defendant Karl Dresch has pleaded guilty, will be sentenced to time served & will be set free— Scott MacFarlane (@MacFarlaneNews) August 4, 2021
Misdemeanor case, no damage or assault
Weeks ago, judge ordered Dresch held in jail, citing threat of Trump as "sole source" of info, felony past, troubling social posts pic.twitter.com/LX5anl5vkP
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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