Ex-Cop Who Responded To Pipe Bombs Sentenced In January 6 Case | Eastern North Carolina Now

    Publisher's Note: This post appears here courtesy of the The Daily Wire. The author of this post is Daniel Chaitin.

    The first police officer to arrive at the scene of pipe bombs discovered near the U.S. Capitol was sentenced in a January 6th case on Thursday.

    A federal judge sentenced Michael Riley, who has since retired from Capitol Police after more than 25 years on the force, to 120 days home detention and two years probation.

    A jury found Riley, 51, guilty of obstruction over the deletion of Facebook messages with a Virginia fisherman who was sentenced to probation for his participation in the Capitol riot.

    The sentence dealt to Riley, who must also pay a $10,000 fine, is considerably less than the 27 months in prison sought by prosecutors, according to The Washington Post. Still, U.S. District Judge Amy Berman Jackson said Riley displayed "shocking conduct" for a law enforcement officer, "particularly one who was a member of the U.S. Capitol Police, and one who served on the day of the attack on the Capitol, the building you spent 25 years protecting."

    Riley was the first responding officer on January 6, 2021, upon the discovery of a pair of pipe bombs outside the Republican National Committee's and Democratic National Committee's offices in Washington, D.C., per his lawyers. Riley then provided assistance to an injured officer on Capitol Hill during the Capitol riot later that day.

    More than two years later just who planted the pipe bombs, which federal officials said were viable but did not detonate, remains a mystery. Authorities have released security footage of a masked suspect wearing a hoodie and this January they increased the reward for information leading to an arrest up to $500,000.

    Following the U.S. Capitol breach, Riley traded Facebook messages with a man named Jacob Hiles, advising Hiles to remove posts about being inside the U.S. Capitol on January 6 due to ongoing investigations, noting that he was "looking out" for someone who agreed with his political views.

    Although the jury did not reach a verdict on an obstruction count related to that exchange, Riley got penalized for deleting private messages after Hiles shared that he told the FBI that he was in contact with a Capitol Police officer and trying to create a cover story, according to the Justice Department.

    "The regret, the remorse I have over this situation is unmatchable. I reached out to someone I never should have contacted. For this, I accept full responsibility," Riley told the judge.

    Roughly 27 months after the chaos on January 6, the U.S. Attorney's Office for the District of Columbia says more than 1,020 arrests have been made in connection to January 6, the day a crowd of people entered the U.S. Capitol and disrupted lawmakers who were meeting to certify Joe Biden's 2020 election victory. Some 533 defendants have pleaded guilty, including four to a federal charge of seditious conspiracy.
Go Back

Leave a Guest Comment

Your Name or Alias
Your Email Address ( your email address will not be published)
Enter Your Comment ( no code or urls allowed, text only please )


( May 19th, 2023 @ 6:52 pm )
Well hell if, as I said IF Trump caused all that at the white house, what will they do once he's president again. Not taking sides but that was nonsense. I guess like my dad thought us, your actions sometimes shows your IQ level, age, home learnings and more.

Retail Theft Often Preplanned By Complex Criminal Networks, New Report Asserts Daily Wire, Guest Editorial, Editorials, Op-Ed & Politics WATCH: Super PAC Urging DeSantis To Run For President Releases First National TV Ad


Latest Op-Ed & Politics

Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA) doubled down on Tuesday, calling the just-concluded Durham investigation “flawed from the start” and claiming that it had only begun on the political whim of former President Donald Trump.
NC Insurance Commissioner Mike Causey spoke out against an N.C. House bill that would allow Blue Cross Blue Shield North Carolina to create a holding company in which it could move policyholder money.
The second annual Viewpoint Diversity Score Business Index unveiled on Tuesday showed that prominent companies lack commitments to guarantee the First Amendment liberties of their customers and employees, thereby threatening the “fundamental freedoms of every American.”
Despite stern warnings of artificial intelligence attacking humanity's digital infrastructure from the likes of Elon Musk and Bill Gates, artificial intelligence research has yet to be regulated by the government or other entities with oversight power.
A House Republican threw one curveball of a question at Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) Chairman Gary Gensler, asking the Biden administration official on Tuesday to answer under oath whether he facilitated payment for British ex-spy Christopher Steele’s now-discredited anti-Trump dossier.
Fox News is reportedly set to replace its entire primetime lineup with three of the network’s biggest hosts, according to a new report.
President Joe Biden and House Speaker Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) each said on Tuesday that they made progress on debt ceiling negotiations, indicating thaws in an impasse as the nation faces a possible debt default in two weeks.
Amid news that Vice Media is filing for bankruptcy, there is growing concern at the White House that the Biden administration will now have to begin lying to the American people directly rather than doing so more discreetly through Vice Media.


Congressmen Jim Jordan (R-OH) and Lance Gooden (R-TX) issued a joint letter calling attention to the potential use of federal funds to enable illegal immigration into the United States.
When the North Carolina Supreme Court ruled on our state’s voter ID law on April 28th, the justices only had to answer one narrow question: “[Does the voter ID law] violate the meaningful protections set forth in Article I, Section 19 of the North Carolina Constitution?”
Twitter CEO Elon Musk said during an interview Tuesday night that he believes that the U.S. might be on the verge of serious financial issues later this year due to a variety of factors.
The White House is claiming that illegal immigration is now down over 90% thanks to them redefining what illegal immigration is.
A top House Republican wants the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) to clarify what is happening with the criminal investigation into Hunter Biden after lawyers for a whistleblower within the agency claimed his team got removed from the case.
RALEIGH: On Thursday, Governor Roy Cooper released a video outlining the devastating impact Senate Bill 20 would have on women’s reproductive health in North Carolina and calling on several Republican legislators to keep their campaign promises to protect women’s health.
Let’s get one thing straight from the get-go: this isn’t a partisan thing.
Carolina Journal’s Editor-in-Chief Donna King hosts a recap of the week’s legislative news with journalists and state policy experts.
One of Australia’s biggest maritime mysteries has been solved with the discovery of a ship that sank 50 years ago, sending its crew on a harrowing journey of survival.


Back to Top