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A Texas man pleaded guilty Wednesday for attacking a federal agent with a hammer during a protest last summer in federal court in Portland, Oregon.

Jacob Michael Gaines was arrested on July 11, 2020 after drilling a hole in the plywood covering an entrance to Mark O. Hatfield’s courthouse in the United States, The Oregonian / OregonLive reported.

When a US deputy sheriff tried to arrest Gaines, Gaines used the hammer on the sheriff and “shook him and hit him,” according to US Attorney General Chris Cardani.

Gaines hit the sheriff’s shoulder and upper back with a hammer before other members of the U.S. Marshals tactical team brought him to the ground and, according to court documents, arrested him.

Gaines pleaded guilty to assaulting a federal official with a deadly and dangerous weapon. He told the judge on Wednesday that the description of what happened was correct.

As part of a plea deal, Cardani said he would recommend that Gaines be sentenced to just over three years in prison, largely for his liability and limited criminal record.

Gaines is being held in the Columbia County Jail. His sentence is scheduled for December 13th.

Federal agents used images from videos received from a Twitter account to document the allegations against Gaines, the prosecutor wrote in the court records.

Cardani described Gaines as unemployed and that he lived with his wife in North Portland on a bus and said he had moved between Texas, Portland and Bend, Oregon. He said Gaines said he had guns on his bus and he suffered from mental health problems, according to court documents.

Gaines told the court on Wednesday that he was now taking mental health medications, but he understood the implications of his guilty plea.

Gaines is one of the few defendants who pleaded guilty to federal arrests during nightly protests against police brutality in Portland last year, which began after the police murder of George Floyd, a black man in Minneapolis.

Of a total of 96 federal protests-related proceedings, approximately 62 were suspended. There are about thirty files pending. Four people were convicted, according to Kevin Sonoff, a spokesman for the Oregon federal prosecutor’s office.

Pending charges include those charged with civil unrest, destruction of government property, arson and assaulting a federal official.