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Mother, son charged in Jan 6 riot have not responded to plea deal offers By Reuters


© Reuters. FILEPHOTO: Eric Gavelek Munchel was seen inside the Capitol wearing zip ties in this booking photo taken by Nashville Police on January 9, 2021. Image taken January 9, 2020. Mandatory credit Nashville Police/Handout via REUTERS

By Mark Hosenball

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – A Tennessee mother and son facing felony charges for participating in the Jan. 6 U.S. Capitol riot have not responded to plea bargain proposals advanced to them by federal prosecutors, a federal judge heard on Monday.

U.S. district judge Royce Lamberth heard that Assistant U.S. Angestor Leslie Goemaat stated Monday that the plea bargains set for Monday had been extended last week to riot participants Eric Munchel (30) and Lisa Eisenhart (57). The charges against both are conspiracy and obstruction of an official proceeding.

Although neither the defense nor the prosecutor revealed the details of the plea agreements, Sandra Roland representing Munchel as a federal public lawyer said that her client hadn’t rejected any offers.

Prosecutor claimed that defense attorneys already had access the vast majority of evidence including 2300 hours of video from police body cameras. Gregory Smith representing Eisenhart said that it was “premature” for him to offer a plea deal before any further evidence could be turned over. Lamberth scheduled a second hearing for December 13.

A second hearing was scheduled for Dec. 13. According to the prosecution, over 600 were charged with riot related offenses.

According to the prosecution, Munchel and Eisenhart were seen entering the Capitol wearing tactical vests after they had worked their way through the Capitol crowd. Investigators claim that Munchel carried a Taser in his hip pocket.

Prosecutors claim that Eisenhart and Munchel carried zip-ties to the Senate gallery once they were inside the building. The two men left the building in 12 minutes.

Judge Lamberth originally ordered Munchel, Eisenhart kept without bail. But after an appeals court decision, the judge released them to home detention.

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