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Benjamin Cole

Benjamin Cole is accused by the government of entering the Lower West Tunnel and engaging with police. He was allegedly in the third or fourth row back from the police line.

Below is an excerpt from Cole’s Facebook page:

“I just want the FBI agent that’s still investing [sic] me know . . . . . most anyone
you call knows absolutely nothing about what I did in January of 2021. I also did
nothing wrong while I was where I was. I would further like to add that you are
wasting tax payer dollars by continuing to investigate something that will lead you
to absolutely nothing.”

Please keep in mind that in the United States, every citizen charged with a crime is presumed innocent until proven guilty.

  • First Name(s): Benjamin
  • Last Name(s): Cole
  • Case Number: 23-cr-113
  • Arrest Location: Louisville, KY
  • Judge: G. Michael Harvey
  • Judge: Trevor McFadden
  • Entry Last Updated: 12/27/2023
  • Date Docket Downloaded: 11/22/2022
  • Currently Incarcerated: No
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Civil Disorder (1)

Case Status

Arrested 8/24/22. Conditions of release were set on 8/30/22 (personal recognizance). On 4/5/23, the Magistrate case for Cole was closed, he was severed from the codefendants and was charged via new Information (doc #71). Plea Agreement Hearing held 5/30/23, entered a plea of guilty as to Count 1. On 10/3/2023, Cole was sentenced to 48 months of probation, which include 3 months of location monitoring. He was ordered to complete 40 hours of community service within 12 months. He was also ordered to pay a $100 special assessment and restitution in the amount of $2,000.

Defense Lawyer

Angela M. Rea

Defense Lawyer

Joseph Flynn

Defense Lawyer

Michael LaFay

USA Attorney

Fred Yette (for Melanie Alsworth)
Melanie L. Alsworth AR Bar No. 2002095 Trial Attorney United States Department of Justice Criminal Division 145 N. Street NE, East Wing Washington, DC 20530 Phone-(202) 598-2285 Email [email protected]

USA Attorney

Holly F. Grosshans
Assistant United States Attorney D.C. Bar No. 90000361 U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Columbia 601 D Street, N.W. Washington, D.C. 20530 Phone: (202) 252-6737 Email: [email protected]

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