ROCKY MOUNT, Va. (WFXR) — A former Rocky Mount police officer charged in connection with the Jan. 6 riots at the U.S. Capitol asked a federal judge Monday to move him into house arrest.
Thomas Robertson had been granted pre-trial release with several conditions, which officials say he violated.
Robertson was taken into custody after authorities found a rifle and an unassembled pipe bomb in his home in late June. In addition, Robertson reportedly ordered $50,000 worth of weapons.
On July 28 a federal judge ordered Robertson to remain in jail until his trial because he reportedly violated pre-trial release conditions by ordering guns and ammunition from other states to be shipped to a Roanoke gun store.
At the time, Robertson said he did not violate the conditions because the guns and ammo were not in his possession. However, the judge argued there was probable cause to believe Robertson committed a felony while on pre-trial release.
In a court filing on Monday, Oct. 25, Robertson’s lawyer says the former law enforcement officer is in segregation from other inmates and that his detention has taken a toll on his mental and physical health.
Robertson’s attorney also mentioned that Robertson’s father died last week.
“Before incarceration, Mr. Robertson was on personal recognizance, and Mr. Robertson was not on strict home confinement. Mr. Robertson is 52 years old with no prior criminal history and detained for nearly three months. While the Court has found probable cause for a violation of release conditions by purchasing firearms while under indictment, the Court can rest assured that Mr. Robertson completely understands his obligation to the Court now after serving jail time. Essentially, the Court’s power to incarcerate the Defendant has taught him to strictly comply with all release conditions. This matter probably will not be set for trial before 2022. Mr. Robertson will not be working for the foreseeable future and is amenable to remaining on house arrest twenty-four hours a day via GPS electronic monitoring as a condition of the High-Intensity Supervision Program. If Mr. Robertson violates house arrest conditions, pretrial services will be immediately notified, and the Government can seek a warrant for his arrest. The duration of time he has served has taught him to comply with all court orders strictly.”Motion filed on Oct. 25, 2021 with the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia by Rollins and Chan Law Firm
You can read the full motion filed by Robertson’s lawyer below:
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