Wichita man pleads guilty for role in Jan. 6 Capitol riot
WICHITA, Kan. (KAKE) - A Kansas man has pled guilty to a felony charge for his actions during the Jan. 6, 2021 Capitol riot.
Thirty-eight-year-old Michael Eckerman of Wichita pled guilty to assaulting, resisting, or impeding law enforcement officers.
Court documents show that Eckerman observed rioters fighting with police officers outside the Capitol and began yelling at officers that they were “traitors to the country.”
He, along with others, then walked through scaffolding and up a set of steps leading to the upper west terrace of the Capitol.
Eckerman entered the Capitol through the Senate Wing Doors at approximately 2:24 p.m. and joined a crowd in pushing their collective bodies forward to breach a police line in the Crypt. They then surged forward and funneled toward the east side of the Capitol.
Near the Memorial Doors, he and others in the mob encountered another small group of officers who were trying to block access to nearby stairs leading to Statuary Hall and the area near the Speaker’s Lobby. Eckerman pushed his way to the front of the stand-off and once again used his body as part of a collective surge to get past the small line of law enforcement officers.
At this moment, he was face to face with an officer with the U.S. Capitol Police, who put his hand on Eckerman’s shoulder. Eckerman moved his body forward to forcibly resist, impede, and interfere with the officer, which, along with the actions of others in the mob, caused the officer to stumble down some steps.
Eckerman was arrested on Sept. 20, 2021 and is to be sentenced on Feb. 14, 2023. He faces a statutory maximum of eight years in prison for assaulting, resisting, or impeding officers, as well as potential financial penalties.