Bristol Borough Man Convicted in U.S. Capitol Insurrection Case; Faces Sentencing in June

WASHINGTON D.C. – A federal judge in Washington D.C. found Ryan Stephen Samsel, 39, guilty of eight out of 12 charges, including causing serious injuries to a U.S. Capitol police officer, for his role in the January 6, 2021 insurrection at the Capitol. Along with his co-defendants, Samsel was accused of being among the first to commit violent acts during the insurrection, including acts of physical violence on the Capitol grounds or buildings, civil disorder, and other offenses.

Sentencing for Samsel and his co-defendants is scheduled for June 13 before U.S. District Judge for the District of Columbia Jia Cobb, who ordered Samsel to remain in custody until sentencing. Federal prosecutors argued that Samsel and his co-defendants had traveled to Washington D.C. with the intention of obstructing the certification of the 2020 presidential election, and their early breach of Capitol grounds facilitated the subsequent storming of the Capitol by thousands of rioters.

Samsel’s defense attorney declined to comment on the outcome of the case, and Samsel has been in federal custody since his arrest in January 2021 in Lower Bucks County by a task force made up of local police and federal special agents.

Samsel’s previous police run-ins in the Levittown area, including a jailhouse attack, gained national attention, as did his communication with individuals, including Joe Biggs, a Proud Boys leader, and Ray Epps, an Arizona man alleged to be a federal government plant by conspiracy theorists. Samsel was accused of assaulting U.S. Capitol Police Officer Caroline Edwards, who suffered a brain injury and testified about it during the January 6th Select Committee hearing in 2022.

Samsel has been involved in multiple other violent incidents, and he traveled to Washington D.C. on January 6, 2021, with Raechel Genco, who was later charged and pleaded guilty. She was sentenced to 12 months of probation, 60 hours of community service, and ordered to pay $500 restitution.

Amid the ongoing legal proceedings, Samsel has reported being attacked multiple times while in custody, raising concerns about his medical care behind bars. Fundraisers on his behalf have raised tens of thousands of dollars, but he claimed that not all of that money has gone to him or his defense. Additionally, The Gateway Pundit, a website known for pushing untrue information, has shared stories about Samsel’s claims of mistreatment.

As developments continue in the aftermath of the insurrection, the case of Samsel and his co-defendants sheds light on the complex legal and societal issues surrounding the events of January 6, 2021.