Chicago police officer charged in Jan. 6 attack to be offered plea deal by federal prosecutors

Chicago police officer charged in Jan. 6 attack to be offered plea deal by federal prosecutors

CHICAGO (TOC) — Federal prosecutors plan to supply a responsible plea deal to the Chicago police officer charged with crimes throughout final 12 months’s Capitol riot, the I-Crew realized in a courtroom listening to Wednesday.

Federal brokers say Karol Chwiesiuk went to Washington on Jan. 6, 2021, vowing to “save the nation.”

Now, almost 16 months later, his attorneys are working to avoid wasting him from a felony conviction. Whereas Chwiesiuk is anticipating a suggestion from the federal government to plead responsible, his legal professional stated he maintains his innocence and appears ahead to trial.

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Photos in federal courtroom information spotlight a Chicago police sweatshirt that prosecutors say then 29-year-old Chwiesiuk wore to the riot in Washington.

The Harrison District officer was arrested final summer time and charged with a number of misdemeanors, prompting his boss, Supt. David Brown, to say it makes his “blood boil” and sick to his abdomen.

Chwiesiuk has been stripped of his police powers and is presently on a depart of absence, in keeping with a division spokesperson.

Federal officers in Washington Thursday stated “a plea supply will likely be forthcoming” to Chwiesiuk.

“A Chicago police officer goes to need to keep away from any conviction, whether or not it is a felony or a misdemeanor, nevertheless it nonetheless does not have a variety of room to function right here until the federal government is prepared to cross on the costs fully,” ABC7 authorized analyst Gil Soffer stated. “He has all the inducement on the earth to strike a plea for a misdemeanor and never take a threat on one thing extra severe.”

Soffer, a former federal prosecutor, advised the I-Crew that the federal government and Chwiesiuk have incentives to keep away from an precise trial.

“Going to trial and being convicted is worse than taking a plea for a police officer,” Soffer advised the I-Crew. “He’ll have the publicity that comes with a trial nonetheless lengthy it takes, he is going to have a look at a extra severe penalty in all chance from a choose who will not be happy that he compelled a case the place the federal government’s proof is robust to trial. So there’s a variety of the explanation why he must be taking a plea as a substitute of taking it to trial.”

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