Former cop who stormed Capitol guilty on all six counts in second Jan. 6 jury trial


WASHINGTON — A former police officer who stormed the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6 was found guilty on all six charges at trial in a verdict reached Monday.

Thomas Robertson, who was an officer in Rocky Mount, Virginia, when he entered the Capitol on Jan. 6, was arrested last January and soon after fired by the city.

The outcome was another win for the Justice Department, which is overseeing an unprecedented investigation into the hundreds of people who stormed the Capitol on Jan. 6.

Robertson was the second Jan. 6 defendant to take his case to a jury, after Guy Reffitt was convicted on all counts last month. In the Robertson case, jurors deliberated Friday afternoon and all day Monday before reaching a verdict just before 5:30 p.m.

Jacob Fracker, a fellow police officer who Robertson called “son,” testified on behalf of the prosecution after reaching a plea deal with the government last month. Fracker, a Donald Trump supporter, admitted he participated in a conspiracy to “corruptly obstruct, influence, and impede” the certification of President Joe Biden’s electoral college victory.

Fracker testified that he decided to plead guilty and cooperate because he could cut down on his exposure to prison time, and was thinking of his young daughter.