Iowa Man and his Minnesota Son Plead Guilty in the Capitol Riots Case | national news


DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) – An Iowa man and his Minnesota son pleaded guilty to civil unrest in the Jan.6, 2021 riot at the Capitol, admitting they entered the building through a broken window and had crossed a police line once inside.

Daryl Johnson, 51, of St. Ansgar, Iowa, and Daniel Johnson, 29, of Austin, Minnesota, had both posted articles on social media noting their participation in the Capitol Riot in the days that followed. followed the attack. They admitted their guilt during a video hearing Tuesday before District of Columbia judge Dabney Friedrich.

In the plea deal signed by the two men on December 15, they admitted that around 2:20 p.m. on January 6, 2021, they illegally entered the Capitol by climbing through a broken window next to the wing door. of the Senate. Inside, they climbed a flight of stairs to the second floor and at one point encountered a line of law enforcement officers.

“Along with a group of other rioters, Johnson and his son, Daniel Johnson, rushed past the line of law enforcement officers and helped get the officers through and open the doors to the East Rotunda. , allowing rioters outside the building to enter. Johnson was in front of or near the group of rioters inside the Capitol when the doors were opened, ”the document reads.

They stayed inside the Capitol and went up the stairs to the third floor before exiting to the first floor after being inside the building for about 26 minutes.

As they face up to five years in prison and a $ 250,000 fine for the crime, court documents show prosecution and defense attorneys agreed to a sentence of up to six months and a fine of up to $ 20,000 is likely. The judge has discretion to hand down the sentence and will review cases from both sides, including video evidence from prosecutors.

The men agreed the riot caused damage estimated at $ 1.5 million on Capitol Hill, and they each agreed to pay $ 2,000 in restitution, court documents show. They also both agreed to allow law enforcement officers to question them about the events surrounding the attack.

The sentence was set for April 12 by video. The two men remain free.

The government has agreed to drop other charges, including disorderly conduct, entering a restricted building and protesting in a Capitol building.

In a Facebook post the day after the attack, Daryl Johnson said, “Mark my words Yesterday will be the start of the revolution. He also commented on “a version of a civil war” and commented in another article, “Bring him on Biden! I have no problem dying in a pool of empty casings.

The day before the attack, Daniel Johnson posted swear words on Biden. After leaving the scene of the attack, he posted: “We stormed Capitol Hill” and “Lol papa and I were one of the first inside”. He also said he was sure the office of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi had been ransacked. “I was trying to find a way to get into the bedroom,” he wrote. He also posted on January 7: “Trump 2020”.

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