Federal prosecutors have offered a plea agreement to an Elliston man charged with obstructing Congress as it met Jan. 6 to certify an election that former President Donald Trump claims was stolen from him.
Jeremy Daniel Groseclose needs more time to consider the proposed deal, his lawyer said Thursday.
At a brief hearing in Washington, D.C.’s federal court, District Judge Christopher Cooper scheduled another hearing for Nov. 9.
Groseclose is one of more than 500 people from across the country charged with storming the U.S. Capitol after Trump urged a crowd of supporters to “fight like hell” against an election won by President Joe Biden.
The 38-year-old faces one felony — a charge of obstructing a joint session of Congress that was meeting to certify the Nov. 3 election — and five misdemeanors that include entering a restricted area, disorderly conduct and demonstrating in the Capitol building.
Assistant U.S. Attorney Michael Romano did not say what incentives, such as a reduction of charges or a specific sentence, were included in the government’s plea agreement.
The offer was just made this week, defense attorney Mark Carroll said in requesting more time. Groseclose, who attended the virtual hearing via a video link, is currently free on bond.
In his case and others, prosecutors have a huge trove of evidence — including footage from surveillance cameras, posts to social media and thousands of tips submitted by the public — that they are sifting through to determine what needs to be shared with which defendants.
Groseclose was seen in photographs wearing a gas mask as a horde of people, many of them wearing pro-Trump apparel or waving signs in support, forced their way into the Capitol as lawmakers were rushed to safety.
At one point during the approximately two hours Groseclose spent in the building, authorities say he joined a group of protesters as they prevented police officers from closing a roll-up door in the Crypt, a circular room located directly below the Rotunda, as the mob advanced.
“I saw GROSECLOSE help another subject place a trash can under the closing door,” FBI special agent Matthew Lee wrote in a complaint.