Federal judge again denies release for Mainer charged in Capitol riot

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Sep. 25—A judge has again denied release to a Lebanon man who is facing federal charges stemming from his participation in the deadly riot at the U.S...
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Kyle Fitzsimons, 37, is one of more than 600 people who have been charged in connection with the Jan. 6 insurrection. He was arrested in Maine in February, and a federal grand jury indicted him that month on 10 charges, including two counts of inflicting bodily injury on certain officers. He has pleaded not guilty.

Fitzsimons has been held in a jail in the District of Columbia for months while his case is pending. His defense attorney recently asked the court to release him and allow him to stay with his mother in Florida. U.S. District Judge Rudolph Contreras held a hearing last week and issued an order denying that motion Friday.

"When considering both Fitzsimons's history of confrontational and threatening conduct in furtherance of his political views and his actions on January 6th, he has demonstrated a disregard for the safety of others and the rule of law," Contreras wrote in the order. "Accordingly, no combination of pretrial release conditions could reasonably guarantee the safety of the community."

An affidavit filed in February included screenshots from surveillance and police body cameras that allegedly show Fitzsimons at the front of the group of rioters on the lower west terrace of the Capitol. It said he was observed "pushing and grabbing against officers" and charging the police line. It also cited a social media post from December in which Fitzsimons appears to repeat the baseless view that Trump lost the 2020 election because of voter…
Megan Gray, Portland Press Herald, Maine
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