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Massachusetts man convicted for assaulting law enforcement during January 6 Capitol breach



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WASHINGTON — A Massachusetts man was found guilty Friday of felony and misdemeanor charges for assaulting law enforcement during the January 6, 2021, Capitol breach. His actions and the actions of others disrupted a joint session of the U.S. Congress convened to ascertain and count the electoral votes related to the presidential election.

According to the U.S. Attorney’s Office in District of Columbia, Vincent J. Gillespie, 61, of Athol, Massachusetts, was found guilty after a trial in U.S. District Court of assaulting, resisting, or impeding officers; civil disorder; engaging in physical violence in a restricted building or grounds; and act of physical violence in the Capitol grounds or buildings. U.S. District Court Chief Judge Beryl A. Howell scheduled sentencing for March 17, 2023.

Gillespie was arrested on February 18, 2022, in Athol, Massachusetts.

The evidence at trial showed that on January 6, 2021, from approximately 4:11 p.m. to 4:26 p.m., Gillespie was among rioters in the Lower West Terrace of the Capitol who engaged in pushing, shoving, yelling, and fighting with law enforcement officers. He struggled his way through the crowd, eventually maneuvering through the rioters to the line of police officers defending the Lower West Terrace’s exterior door. At one point, he gained control of a police shield and used it to ram the police. He then used two hands to grab a Metropolitan Police Department sergeant by the arm, yanking him toward the mob. He then screamed “traitor” and “treason” at the police.

This case was prosecuted by the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Columbia and the Department of Justice National Security Division’s Counterterrorism Section. Valuable assistance was provided by the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Massachusetts.

The case was investigated by the FBI Boston Division’s Springfield, Massachusetts Resident Agency Joint Terrorism Task Force, the FBI Boston Division’s Worcester Resident Agency, and the FBI’s Washington Field Office. Valuable assistance was provided by the Athol, Massachusetts Police Department and the Massachusetts State Police. Gillespie was identified as #141 on the FBI Washington Field Office’s seeking information photos.

In the 23 months since January 6, close to 900 individuals have been arrested in nearly all 50 states for crimes related to the breach of the U.S. Capitol, including over 275 individuals charged with assaulting or impeding law enforcement. The investigation remains ongoing.



  1. MortisMaximus

    December 24, 2022 at 10:49 pm

    When will he be receiving his award from ANTIFA?

    • Ken Masson

      December 25, 2022 at 5:41 am

      Why should he win an award from a imaginary group that doesn’t exist? Are you afraid of anti-fascist Maximus Fascist Moron? Maybe because you’re afraid you’re next? Yes if you’re anti-government they coming for you! I wish they would put every single one of the January 6th insurrectionist in prison where they belong. If you’re that stupid you belong in jail!

      • MortisMaximus

        December 25, 2022 at 8:58 am

        Merry Christmas Trolls.

      • 🤡🤡🤡🤡🤡

        December 25, 2022 at 8:59 am

        Pure Hyperbole.

      • Jake Perry

        December 25, 2022 at 11:35 am

        Hey Ken, Isn’t it time to get your nose out of Nancy Pelosi’s ass?

  2. Manny

    December 24, 2022 at 11:42 pm

    Lock them all away.

    • MortisMaximus

      December 25, 2022 at 12:57 pm

      Wow Manny you must be a descendant of Benidict Arnold. You want to lock away patriotic American Citizens, your fellow brothers and sisters without any due process. History will not judge your kind in a positive light but you may be the kind who enjoys darkness. Merry Christmas you filthy animal. 🎅

      • Ken Masson

        December 25, 2022 at 6:22 pm

        Anti-democracy insurrectionist are not Patriots. They are just idiot loses like you nameless chicken shit!

        • 🤡🤡🤡🤡🤡

          December 25, 2022 at 6:58 pm

          Stolen elections have consequences you rotten excuse for a human being. We know you worship the golden calf and have no love for humanity. You can call we anything you want but it doesn’t excuse the level of ignorance you spout off about. An insurrection would have involved a kinetic battle, there was none. In fact the only two people seen with firearms were the Capitol police officer who murdered Ashley Babbit and a red headed federal operative who helped carry out the breach of the capital grounds. If you sincerely believe the main stream narrative about Jan.6th then you won’t after seeing this. Prove me wrong wanker messianic!

  3. Tonto

    December 25, 2022 at 8:34 am

    The only antifa protest where the protesters are being arrested. And there wasn’t even any looting. Go figure. WE THE PEOPLE

    • Ken Masson

      December 25, 2022 at 6:00 pm

      The January 6th anti-democracy fascist?There was definitely looting.

  4. 😂😂😂😂😂

    December 26, 2022 at 8:21 am

    Even on Christmas the feral crackheads couldn’t resist whining. Typical 🤡🤡🤡

    • 🤡🤡🤡🤡🤡

      December 26, 2022 at 10:01 am

      We’re here to confront evil 24/7 365. You liberals glorify evil in your perverse culture and are celebrated by your braindead acolytes. God doesn’t sleep and neither will we when you are pushing your sick and twisted culture through lies and manipulations. Merry Christmas cat piss patty. PS; as if you care about the celebration of the birth of the Savior to men?

      • 😂😂😂😂😂

        December 26, 2022 at 11:57 am

        And yet you spent that day whining and bleating and going on another fentanyl frenzied rant. We get that your family hates you and you spent the day alone in your stupor.

        • 🤡🤡🤡🤡🤡

          December 26, 2022 at 6:30 pm

          Spent the day with family including my 95 year old Grandma who still has more sense than you Patty. Merry CHRISTmas smelly!

          • 😂😂😂😂😂

            December 27, 2022 at 6:08 am

            Do you want a participation trophy 🤡

          • MortisMaximus

            December 27, 2022 at 5:19 pm

            Be aware that 😂😂😂😂😂 is a mentally challenged incel. 😂😂😂😂😂 has been submerged in cat urine for at least 69 years and may be combustible due to dry rot.

          • Polly Wolly Doodle

            December 27, 2022 at 6:30 pm

            Did you get a mirror for Christmas ma’am?

          • Nell

            December 27, 2022 at 6:57 pm

            Tay in the wind!!!!!

        • Beth Rode The Bus

          December 27, 2022 at 7:00 pm

          I fell off the toilet seat like whoa!!!!!

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