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January 8, 2021

"Thirteen Charged in Federal Court Following Riot at the United States Capitol; Approximately 40 charged in Superior Court"

The title of this post is the heading of this new DOJ press release.  Here are excerpts:

Thirteen individuals have been charged so far in federal court in the District of Columbia related to crimes committed at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C, on Wednesday, Jan. 6, 2021. In addition to those who have been charged, additional complaints have been submitted and investigations are ongoing.

“The lawless destruction of the U.S. Capitol building was an attack against one of our Nation’s greatest institutions,” said Acting U.S. Attorney Michael Sherwin. “My Office, along with our law enforcement partners at all levels, have been expeditiously working and leveraging every resource to identify, arrest, and begin prosecuting these individuals who took part in the brazen criminal acts at the U.S. Capitol. We are resolute in our commitment to holding accountable anyone responsible for these disgraceful criminal acts, and to anyone who might be considering engaging in or inciting violence in the coming weeks – know this: you will be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law.”

“ATF is committed to the rule of law and the protection of all citizens’ Constitutional rights,” said Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) Deputy Director Regina Lombardo. “We continue to support our law enforcement partners to ensure those who violated the law during the events at the Capitol this week are brought to justice. ATF has dedicated all appropriate resources to complete these investigations as soon as possible.”

“Today’s charges are just the beginning of the FBI’s ongoing efforts to hold those responsible for the criminal acts of violence and destruction that unfolded during the U.S. Capitol building breach on January 6th,” said FBI Director Christopher Wray. “To be clear, what took place that day was not First Amendment-protected activity, but rather an affront on our democracy. The FBI, along with our local, state and federal partners, is committed to ensuring that justice is served. We will continue to aggressively investigate each and every individual who chose to ignore the law and instead incite violence, destroy property, and injure others."...

In addition, approximately 40 individuals have been arrested and charged in Superior Court with offenses including, but not limited to, unlawful entry, curfew violations, and firearms-related crimes.

I have left out the lengthy details of all the charges for the 13 defendants listed in the release, but there is a bit of diversity as to the charges facing some of the particular defendants.  And the press release also includes links to the criminal complaints and statements of facts for these 13 defendants.  The main charge is often "knowingly entering or remaining in any restricted building or grounds without lawful authority" under 18 U.S.C. § 1752, and that seems to carry a max sentence of one year imprisonment, though that max goes up to 10 years if the offender had a weapon or "the offense results in significant bodily injury."

January 8, 2021 at 04:38 PM | Permalink


Thanks for the information. What would be a just sentence for those convicted? I suggest 30 days for those who followed and roamed and perhaps a year for the leaders and window smashers, especially if they accept responsibility. For those who committed additional destruction or harmed individuals, a just sentence might be longer.

Posted by: Dennis Cauchon | Jan 8, 2021 5:26:32 PM

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