Four defendants who crawled out a window to enter the United States Capitol on Jan.6 pleaded guilty Thursday to a misdemeanor misdemeanor.
Zacharie Martin, 45, Michel Rapide, 44, Stephane Rapide, 49, and Kari kelly, 41, were all seen on surveillance video entering the Capitol building through a broken window at the Senate wing door. They were among the hundreds of Donald trump supporters who violently invaded the Capitol, and many of them were accused of obstructing the counting of the Electoral College votes and the certification of at Joe Biden win in the 2020 presidential election.
In this case, the defendants pleaded guilty to one count of parade, demonstration or picketing in a Capitol building. This misdemeanor charge carries a sentence of up to one month behind bars and a fine of up to $ 5,000.
On Thursday, more than 50 defendants charged in the Jan.6 Capitol riot were convicted of the parade charge.
“It will be a little logistical challenge,” the US district judge said Dabney friedrich, a person named by Trump, at the start of the hearing, as all of the defendants appeared by video due to the pandemic. But the hearing went well overall, with all of the defendants making their guilty pleas and admitting that they entered the Capitol building without permission.
Michael and Stephen Quick are brothers who live in Springfield, Missouri. According to the government’s complaint, they traveled to Washington together to attend Trump’s “Stop the Steal” rally.
Stephen told investigators he entered the Capitol “with other members of his group” and was “ashamed” to have entered the building. He estimated he was there for about 10 minutes, during which he took several photos inside and outside the Capitol, according to prosecutors.
Michael told investigators he traveled to Washington on Jan.6 to attend Trump’s “Stop the Steal” rally. He said he entered the Capitol building through a broken window and estimated he was in the building between five and 15 minutes, according to a probable cause affidavit.
“Michael Quick explained that his goal was to show his support for Congress to investigate election irregularities and do something,” the affidavit reads. Michael Quick said he didn’t know he broke in at the time because he thought the police were letting people in. Michael Quick also said the police were telling people where the people were. exits while he was inside. “
Martin, who also lives in Missouri, was reported to federal investigators by an unidentified witness who watched Martin live stream video from inside the Capitol. Several other witnesses confirmed that Martin posted live videos to Facebook that day.
Like many other accused of January 6, Martin appears to have tried to erase evidence on social media of his participation in the riot.
“The FBI’s investigation to date indicates that Martin’s Facebook account was likely closed after January 6, 2021,” says the complaint against Martin. The FBI couldn’t access his account, but an investigator found public conversations between Facebook users describing Martin’s livestream.
The complaint said part of Martin’s video showed him standing in front of a portrait of a former congressman from New York. Shirley chisholm, the first black woman elected to Congress.
Kelly, who is from Mobile, Alabama, was identified by another January 6 suspect, who is not identified in the complaint against her. Photos from the probable cause affidavit show her standing inside the building near Martin and the Quick brothers.
She is holding a phone and “is recording or timing someone with their cellular device,” the affidavit reads.
In addition to the charge of demonstrating or marching, the four defendants were initially charged with disorderly conduct of violent entry onto the grounds of the Capitol.
Friedrich has set a sentencing hearing for March 17, 2022.
[Images via FBI.]
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