A US military veteran charged in the breach of the US Capitol on January 6 has died.
According to family relatives and his lawyer, John Anderson, 61, died on September 21 at a hospital in Jacksonville, Florida. The cause of his death has not been revealed.
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According to Anderson’s lawyer, Marina Medvin, Anderson’s widow replied, “My sweet, handsome husband went home to live with the Lord.” Anderson’s wife has asked for prayers and solitude as she grieves her husband’s death.
Anderson, a U.S. Marine Corps veteran, was charged with civil disorder, interfering with law enforcement, and taking government property in connection with the Capitol break.
Anderson was detained in St. Augustine, Florida, in late February and released pending trial a week later.
He was part of a mob that tried to access the Capitol through a tunnel, battling with officers in the process, according to authorities. His lawyers, on the other hand, claim that he did nothing wrong and was entrapped by individuals crowding in from behind.
Anderson was struck by a chemical agent released by a person in the crowd, according to CCTV video from the tunnel. Later, police officers threw pepper spray into the throng, hitting Anderson as well. After many minutes, officers escorted him into the tube. According to Anderson, the officers saved his life.
He also expressed his displeasure with the charges, which his counsel claimed were unsupported by evidence.
“John Anderson has never harmed or touched a single cop. In an emailed statement, Medvin stated, “The video evidence proves this.” “John Anderson was a man who was unfairly accused and died as an innocent man.”
Medvin was about to reject a plea deal on Anderson’s behalf just before he died.
According to Anderson’s lawyer, the government is preparing to dismiss the case against him. In a separate lawsuit last month, U.S. District Judge Royce Lamberth stated that this is standard procedure.
In granting a petition for abatement from the government and dismissing the case against Joseph Barnes, a Texas citizen who died in a car accident, Lamberth cited United States v. Pogue. Barnes was also accused in the breach on January 6th.
A request for comment from the federal prosecutor in Anderson’s case was not immediately returned.
Anderson’s death was reported to the court on September 24. The parties were given until Nov. 8 to file a joint status report.