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Austin man and his father plead guilty for their role in January 6th riot at the U.S. Capitiol Building

An Austin man and his father who were charged for their role in the January 6th riot at the U.S. Capitol Building in Washington, D.C. have agreed to plead guilty in Federal Court.  

Plea agreements filed Tuesday in U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia state that 26-year old Daniel Johnson of Austin and 51-year old Daryl Johnson of St. Ansgar, Iowa will each plead guilty to one count each of civil disorder.  In the plea agreement signed by both men on December 15th, they admitted that at about 2:20 p.m. on January 6th, 2021, they unlawfully entered the Capitol by climbing through a broken window next to the Senate wing door. While inside, they climbed a flight of stairs to the second floor and at one point encountered a line of law enforcement officers.  The agreement went on to state that the two remained inside the building and climbed stairs to the third floor before exiting on the first floor after being inside the building for approximately 26 minutes.  With their guilty pleas, the government agreed to drop other charges against the Johnsons, including disorderly conduct, entering a restricted building and demonstrating in a Capitol building.  A sentencing hearing is scheduled for April 12th.  

According to the plea agreements, federal sentencing guidelines could see the Johnsons serving up to six months in federal prison and paying fines of $2,000 to $20,000.  They would also be expected to pay $2,000 each in restitution for the approximately $1.49 million in damage done to the U.S. Capitol on January 6th.



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