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Prosecutors Admit Ray Epps ‘Committed Multiple Crimes,’ Offered Plea Deal Because Of ‘Conspiracy Theories’

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Ray Epps, a key figure in the Capitol protests, received lenient treatment from federal prosecutors despite his involvement.

While hundreds of non-violent protesters face serious charges, Epps pleaded guilty to just one count of disorderly conduct and was sentenced to one year probation and community service.

Prosecutors admitted Epps committed multiple crimes, but they opted for a misdemeanor plea due to his belief in election fraud conspiracy theories.

“Your honor, Ray Epps has been unfairly scapegoated, but he is not a victim. He was not a secret agent of the government on January 6, trying to trick unwitting Trump supporters into committing federal crimes,” Assistant U.S. Attorney Michael Gordon said. “That’s not what happened. But he is not innocent, either.”

Epps “did not start the riot or cause it, but he did make it much worse,” Gordon said.

“He committed multiple crimes on that day,” he said. “He’s only pled to one because that’s the plea offer we made with him. But he committed multiple crimes that day. He was convinced the election has been stolen and that the steal needed to be stopped.”

Epps apologized, blaming Trump and praising the FBI, and was defended by pro-Biden and corporate media outlets.

This contrasts with the treatment of other protesters who have been labeled as violent “insurrectionists.”

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