YIR: Copper Country residents part of Jan. 6 mob

FBI Karl Dresh sent this photo of a pose next to a statue of former Vice President John. C. Calhoun inside the U.S. Capitol during the riot to an associate on Jan. 8, 2021.

WASHINGTON — Two Copper Country residents were among the more than 700 people charged so far for participating in the Jan. 6 riots at the U.S. Capitol.

The storming of the Capitol by Trump supporters took place as Congress was meeting to certify the 2020 Presidental election for Joe Biden.

Karl Dresch of Calumet was the first Michigan resident to be charged. Police arrested him in January during a traffic stop in Calumet. He would remain in custody until his sentencing in August.

The federal court complaint in Dresch’s case showed posts about the Jan. 6 rally for weeks beforehand. Dresch equated Jan. 6 to July 4, 1776, and called on people to “take back our country.”

He would later post photos from inside the “Crypt” under the rotunda of the U.S. Capitol next to the statue of John C. Calhoun.

Photo from Department of Justice complaint A photo from Jeremy Sorvisto’s Facebook account appears to show him inside the U.S. Capitol Crypt on Jan. 6, 2021. Sorvisto is the second person from Houghton County arrested in connection with the riots.

A resident sent a tip to the FBI with a link to Instagram photos by Sorvisto’s fiancee showing them en route to the U.S. Capitol. Surveillance footage from the hotel where Dresch stayed also showed Sorvisto. Footage from inside the Capitol showed Sorvisto, as did photos Sorvisto sent via private messages.

Each faced four misdemeanor charges. Dresch also received a felony charge of obstruction of an official proceeding.

Dresch is the son of the late Steven Dresch, who was elected to one term representing the 110th District in the Michigan House of Representatives in 1990. Prior to serving in the House, Dresch was dean of Michigan Tech University’s College of Business and Economics, where he helped expose wrongdoing at Ventures, Tech’s economic development arm.

A year before his death in 2006, Dresch tipped off the FBI and members of Congress about explosives hidden in the former home of Oklahoma City bomber Terry Nichols, a Michigan resident. Dresch received the tip from mob informant Gregory Scarpa, Jr.

Dresch had received a number of letters written on his behalf from community members, including the late Houghton County Sheriff Brian McLean and Hancock Mayor Paul LaBine.

Dresch was sentenced to six months in August, which allowed him to be released with credit for time served.

Sorvisto was sentenced to 30 days in prison in December.


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