Federal sentencing postponed for El Paso man charged in deadly Capitol riot

The federal sentencing of an El Paso man who pleaded responsible to assaulting a police officer and participating in the Jan. 6, 2021, riot on the U.S. Capitol by former President Donald Trump supporters was delayed indefinitely, federal courtroom data present.

David Rene Arredondo, 48, was set to be sentenced about 1:30 p.m. MST Friday, May 3, in Washington, D.C., however the sentencing listening to was postponed indefinitely, courtroom data present. Federal courtroom data state the listening to was postponed “to a date to be determined” as a result of a brand new probation report must be submitted. No additional info was launched.

Arredondo stays out of jail on a private recognizance bond, also called a PR bond, courtroom data present. A PR bond is when a defendant is launched from jail with out having to publish bail so long as the defendant agrees to and abides by a number of circumstances set by a decide. Court data don’t state what circumstances have been set for Arredondo.

The sentencing listening to was scheduled earlier than U.S. District Judge Royce C. Lamberth in Washington, D.C.

Arredondo pleaded responsible Jan. 3 to eight costs as a part of a plea settlement. The costs are:

  • Civil dysfunction

  • Assaulting, resisting, or impeding sure officers

  • Entering and remaining in a restricted constructing or grounds

  • Disorderly and disruptive conduct in a restricted constructing or grounds

  • Engaging in bodily violence in a restricted constructing or grounds

  • Disorderly conduct in a Capitol constructing

  • Act of bodily violence in the Capitol grounds or buildings

  • Parading, demonstrating, or picketing in a Capitol constructing

Arredondo’s most sentence is eight years in jail on the assaulting, resisting, or impeding sure officers cost.

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U.S. Attorney’s Office federal prosecutors are looking for for Arredondo to be sentenced to at the very least three years and 4 months in federal jail and three years of supervised launch after he serves his jail time period, a sentencing memorandum filed by prosecutors acknowledged.

Arredondo’s attorneys, federal public defenders Andrew Steed and John Phillip Calhoun, couldn’t be instantly reached for remark. Both have been in Washington, D.C., for the sentencing listening to, federal public defender officers mentioned.

Public defenders ask for lenient sentence; prosecutors argue Arredondo is profession felony

Arredondo’s attorneys are asking for their shopper to obtain a sentence just like different rioters who’ve already pleaded responsible and been sentenced. They declare the typical sentence for these beforehand convicted in reference to the Jan. 6, 2021 riot was 180 days in federal jail.

The attorneys argue Arredondo grew up in a troublesome neighborhood that impacted his youth, ensuing in him becoming a member of a violent avenue gang, a defendant’s memorandum acknowledged. They declare Arredondo is a reformed gang member who modified his life round for the higher. They added he is an effective husband and father to his two daughters.

A photo in a complaint document shows a man (in red circle) identified by federal agents as David Rene Arredondo, of El Paso, in the rotunda of the U.S. Capitol during the riot on Jan. 6, 2021.A photo in a complaint document shows a man (in red circle) identified by federal agents as David Rene Arredondo, of El Paso, in the rotunda of the U.S. Capitol during the riot on Jan. 6, 2021.

A photograph in a criticism doc exhibits a man (in pink circle) recognized by federal brokers as David Rene Arredondo, of El Paso, in the rotunda of the U.S. Capitol through the riot on Jan. 6, 2021.

“Mr. Arredondo made a life he was proud of, despite the hardship he came from,” the defendant’s memorandum acknowledged. “For decades Mr. Arredondo stayed out of trouble and took care of his family. While he is deeply ashamed of his actions on January 6th, Mr. Arredondo was not nearly as violent as others charged with the same or similar offenses.”

Federal prosecutors declare Arredondo is a profession felony and his actions on Jan. 6, 2021, confirmed he stays a hazard to society.

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“Based on Arredondo’s violent past, his crimes on January 6 were not an isolated event in an otherwise law-abiding life,” U.S. Attorney’s Office officers mentioned in the sentencing memorandum. “Arredondo’s willingness to commit serious offenses now, at the age of 48, is particularly concerning since his prior convictions and sentences failed to serve as deterrents. Arredondo’s violent past weigh in favor of a lengthy term of incarceration.”

Arredondo was beforehand convicted of a number of violent crimes in El Paso, together with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, deadly conduct, discharge firearm and aggravated assault with a deadly whereas already serving a jail sentence. The convictions have been between 1994 to 2002. The most sentence he obtained in these circumstances was 10 years in jail.

Assault of an officer throughout a Capitol riot

Arredondo was accused of pushing a motorcycle rack fence in opposition to law enforcement officials attempting to maintain rioters from getting into a plaza exterior the Capitol, U.S. Attorney’s Office officers mentioned. As the big mob broke the barrier, Arredondo was a part of a gaggle that rushed the Capitol.

He assaulted a police officer by grabbing the officer’s hand because the officer was attempting to cease rioters from getting into the Capitol doorways, a federal criticism affidavit states.

Arredondo additionally was captured on surveillance video grabbing the arm of the one other police officer who was attempting to maintain a door to the Capitol shut. Arredondo was “attempting to pull the officer away from the door in an apparent effort to facilitate the entry of other rioters into the Capitol,” the affidavit states.

He was seen on video strolling by means of the corridor of the Capitol and chanting with different rioters, the affidavit states. Arredondo illegally stayed contained in the Capitol for lower than 40 minutes.

FBI El Paso brokers have been capable of determine Arredondo by means of surveillance movies and interviews with a witness. Agents additionally executed a search warrant and located geolocation info exhibiting {that a} cellphone linked to Arredondo was current on the U.S. Capitol through the riot, the affidavit states.

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Arredondo was arrested by FBI El Paso brokers Oct. 26, 2022, in reference to the riot at his residence in the 1200 block of Morgan Marie Street close to Rojas Drive and Joe Battle Boulevard in far East El Paso.

Arredondo is the one El Pasoan arrested in reference to the riot, in line with a U.S. Attorney’s Office database of riot arrests.

Federal regulation enforcement have arrested greater than 1,230 people from across the country and charged them with crimes associated to the riot on the U.S. Capitol.

Aaron Martinez could also be reached at [email protected] or on Twitter @AMartinezEPT.

This article initially appeared on El Paso Times: Texas man’s federal sentencing in Jan. 6 Capitol riot case postponed

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