Andrew Bennett of Maryland pleaded guilty Thursday in DC District Court to illegally demonstrating inside the US Capitol. He obtained the similar deal as different nonviolent rioters pleading to a single misdemeanor — together with paying $500 in restitution for injury to the Capitol constructing and giving investigators entry to his social media information.

The cost has a possible most of six months in jail, although Bennett could also be ordered to serve a lot much less, and even no jail time, when he is sentenced in October. Three rioters have been sentenced to date, two of whom acquired jail time.

Bennett was carrying a hat with a Proud Boys motto on it throughout the riot, prosecutors say. However, there is no indication that Bennett marched with the Proud Boys to the Capitol, or was with them after they overpowered the police line, or that he entered the constructing with any members of the far-right group.
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As part of the plea, Bennett acknowledged that he tried to contact a Maryland chapter of the Proud Boys about turning into a member. But prosecutors mentioned in a courtroom submitting that they “did not find evidence that Bennett is a member of or associate of any organized chapter of the Proud Boys.”

Investigators acquired a tip the day of the riot claiming that Bennett had been livestreaming video on Facebook from inside the Capitol. In the movies, in accordance to courtroom filings, Bennett yells “No destruction!” at different rioters kicking a door inside the constructing. But later, prosecutors say, Bennett taped himself chanting “Break it down!” close to a door positioned in the Speaker’s Lobby, the place Babbitt was shot. A gunshot may be heard on the video.

According to courtroom information, Bennett posted on Facebook days earlier than the riot, “You better be ready chaos is coming,” and “#FIGHTBACK for Lin Wood and his family!,” referring to the conspiracy-theorist lawyer who was concerned in longshot authorized efforts to overturn the election.

This story has been up to date with further particulars of the plea settlement.


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