Robert Packer was seen wearing a sweatshirt labelled "Camp Auschwitz", inside the US Capitol Building, January 6, 2021. This image was included in the court papers of Robert Packer, who was arrested on January 13. ITN/Department of Justice
CNN reports that a Capitol rioter, who was accused of wearing a sweatshirt from Camp Auschwitz to the insurrection, was offered a plea bargain.
This offer is part the DOJ's efforts to resolve many low-level cases stemming out of the attack.
Robert Keith Packer was taken into custody in January. He was charged with two misdemeanors.
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CNN reports that a Virginia man who was photographed wearing an antisemitic sweatshirt during January 6 Capitol Riots has been offered a plea bargain as part of the Justice Department’s efforts to resolve several low-level cases arising from the riots.
Robert Keith Packer was captured wearing a sweatshirt titled "Camp Auschwitz" in the Capitol. He was charged in January with two misdemeanors: entering and remaining within a restricted building, and violent entry and disorderly behavior in a Capitol building.
CNN reported that he pleaded guilty in February to both charges, but that prosecutors offered him a deal Tuesday in return for his guilty plea.
Although the federal government didn't provide additional information about the deal, several rioters who were facing similar lower-level charges have pleaded guilty in recent weeks to one misdemeanor count for illegally demonstrating inside the Capitol.
Multiple alleged insurrectionists, who aren't accused of violence, have been offered the chance to plead guilty. The single charge carries a six month sentence at the highest end. However, many defendants will spend less time in jail.
Insider's Madison Hall heard from former prosecutors and legal professionals earlier this summer that Capitol rioters who plead guilty and accept responsibility would likely be sentenced to a shorter sentence.
Many defendants are only charged with trespassing offenses. The Justice Department is keen to settle these minor cases in order to avoid more serious and high-profile cases. Many others are facing charges of assaulting officers and bringing weapons into Congress, as well as conspiracy. The government is preparing for trials.
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Insider was told by Stephen F. Brennwald, a lawyer representing Packer that any discussions about a plea were premature until he can review the case with him.
Brennwald stated that once all the discovery has been received, they will assess all evidence and make a decision.
The next hearing for Packer is set for October.
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