WASHINGTON (Reuters) – An Idaho man who sat in the chair of then Vice-President Mike Pence during the January 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol pleaded guilty to criminal charges of obstruction of due process on Wednesday.
Josiah Colt, a 35-year-old resident of Meridian, Idaho, could face a prison sentence of up to 30 years and a fine of up to $ 250,000, federal prosecutors said. They said that as part of its settlement, Colt agreed to cooperate in investigating the deadly attack.
More than 535 people were arrested for participating in the January 6 violence as supporters of former President Donald Trump broke windows, fought the police, and rescued lawmakers and pence to prevent Congress from trapping Trump’s election defeat to confirm .
Prosecutors said Colt entered the Capitol and walked into the U.S. Senate Chamber, where he and other rioters pushed past the police into the gallery shortly after the senators were evacuated.
Then he entered the Senate and walked to a chair reserved for the US Vice President who sometimes chairs the Senate. Colt subsequently posted a video on Facebook (NASDAQ 🙂 claiming he was the first Capitol rioter to sit in a chair reserved for House Speaker Nancy Pelosi.
Prosecutors said Colt traveled to Washington with two other men who have been charged with rioting and pleaded not guilty. Colt bought a helmet and gas mask while preparing for the trip, and he and other attendees also brought body armor, a hand stunner, retractable baton, walkie talkies, and a bear mace to Washington.
Prosecutors said Colt left his gun at his hotel but was wearing protective clothing when he went to the Capitol.
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