Florida man, 36, photographed carrying Nancy Pelosi’s lectern during Jan riot pleads guilty

Florida man 36 photographed carrying Nancy Pelosis lectern during Jan


Adam Johnson, 36, pleaded guilty in Washington federal court to one count of entering or remaining in any restricted building

Adam Johnson, 36, pleaded guilty in Washington federal court to one count of entering or remaining in any restricted building

A Florida stay-at-home dad photographed carrying House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s lectern during the January 6 Capital insurrection pleaded guilty on Monday for his part in the riot.

Adam Johnson, 36, pleaded guilty in Washington federal court to one count of entering or remaining in any restricted building, according to court records.

Johnson, from Parrish, faces up to six months in prison, but a judge will make a final decision at a hearing scheduled for February 25.

A plea agreement recommends that Johnson pay $500 restitution for his share of the damage. 

Prosecutors have said the riot caused nearly $1.5 million in damage to the US Capitol.

Authorities say Pelosi´s offices were among those breached by the mob objecting to President Joe Biden’s election victory over former Republican President Donald Trump. Five people died in the violence.

A photo that circulated around the world after the violent uprising showed a grinning, waving man identified as Johnson carrying the lectern through the Capitol rotunda with the words ‘Seal of the Speaker United States House of Representatives.’

In the photo, Johnson is wearing a knit cap that says ‘Trump’ on it. A second photo shows Johnson posing with a sign in the Capitol that says ‘closed to all tours.’

Johnson was pictured inside the Capitol making off with a lectern and wearing a knit cap that said 'Trump' on it

Johnson was pictured inside the Capitol making off with a lectern and wearing a knit cap that said ‘Trump’ on it

Photos on his now-deleted social media accounts show him posing next to a sign reading 'closed to all tours' inside the building

Photos on his now-deleted social media accounts show him posing next to a sign reading ‘closed to all tours’ inside the building

Johnson was quickly identified by acquaintances through social media, according to the FBI

 Johnson was quickly identified by acquaintances through social media, according to the FBI

Johnson was quickly identified by acquaintances through social media, according to the FBI. He was arrested by federal marshals in Florida two days after the riot.

The wooden lectern was found on January 7 by a member of the Senate staff in the Red corridor of the Senate wing off the Rotunda in the Capitol building. It is worth more than $1,000, according to the House of Representatives’ curator. 

He was initially charged with one count of knowingly entering or remaining in any restricted building or ground without lawful authority, one count of theft of government property and one count of violent entry and disorderly conduct on Capitol grounds.    

Prosecutors have said the riot caused nearly $1.5 million in damage to the US Capitol. Five people died in the violence

Prosecutors have said the riot caused nearly $1.5 million in damage to the US Capitol. Five people died in the violence

Johnson shared images of himself sporting MAGA hats and sinking beers as he wrote that he had 'made it to DC' the day before the siege

Johnson shared images of himself sporting MAGA hats and sinking beers as he wrote that he had ‘made it to DC’ the day before the siege 

LONGEST CAPITOL RIOT SENTENCES:

  1. Jacob Chansley: Chansley, 34, from Arizona, known as the ‘QAnon Shaman,’ was sentenced on November 17 to 41 months in prison for storming the US Capitol while armed with a spear.
  2. Scott Fairlamb: the 44-year-old former MMA fighter from New Jersey was sentenced to 41 months in prison for assaulting a police officer during the January 6 riots.
  3. Troy Smocks: the 58-year-old Dallas resident was sentenced to 14 months in prison for posting threats against the US Congress on Parler, even though he did not enter the Capitol.
  4. Paul Hodgkins: the 38-year-old Florida crane operator was sentenced to 8 months in prison for walking onto the US Senate floor while carrying a red ‘Trump 2020’ flag

Johnson is a psychology graduate turned furniture maker from Bradenton, Florida. His wife is a doctor.

He has previously faced possession of marijuana and violation of probation charges.

Court documents revealed that the FBI consulted with members of the Speaker’s staff to determine that the lectern was stored in the Speaker’s Suite, located under a staircase to the third floor on the House side of the building.   

More than 700 Trump loyalists have been arrested and charged in connection to the January 6 riot that forced  Congress to go into lockdown, Insider reported. 

Only 129 of those federally charged have pleaded guilty.  

On November 17, Jacob Chansley, the spear-carrying January 6 rioter whose horned fur hat, bare chest and face paint made him one of the more recognizable figures in the assault on the Capitol, was sentenced to 41 months in prison.

Chansley, who pleaded guilty to a felony charge of obstructing an official proceeding, was among the first rioters to enter the building. 

He has acknowledged using a bullhorn to rile up the mob, offering thanks in a prayer while in the Senate for having the chance to get rid of traitors and scratching out a threatening note to Vice President Mike Pence saying, ‘It’s Only A Matter of Time. Justice Is Coming!’

Though he isn’t accused of violence, prosecutors say Chansley, of Arizona, was the ‘public face of the Capitol riot’ who went into the attack with a weapon, ignored repeated police orders to leave the building and gloated about his actions in the days immediately after the attack. 

Jacob Anthony Chansley, the heavily-tattooed Trump supporter who sported horns, was sentenced to 41 months in prison on November 17

Jacob Anthony Chansley, the heavily-tattooed Trump supporter who sported horns, was sentenced to 41 months in prison on November 17

Though he wasn't accused of violence, Chansley acknowledged he was among the first 30 rioters in the building, offered thanks while in the Senate for having the chance to get rid of traitors and wrote a threatening note to Vice President Mike Pence

Though he wasn’t accused of violence, Chansley acknowledged he was among the first 30 rioters in the building, offered thanks while in the Senate for having the chance to get rid of traitors and wrote a threatening note to Vice President Mike Pence

Chansley, who pleaded guilty to a felony charge of obstructing an official proceeding, was among the first rioters to enter the building

 Chansley, who pleaded guilty to a felony charge of obstructing an official proceeding, was among the first rioters to enter the building

Before he was sentenced, Chansley told US District Judge Royce Lamberth it was wrong for him to enter the Capitol and that he accepts responsibility for his actions.

 He emphasized he wasn’t an insurrectionist and is troubled with the way he was portrayed in news stories in the aftermath of the riot.

‘I have no excuse,’ Chansley said. ‘No excuses whatsoever. My behavior is indefensible.’

The judge said Chansley´s remorse appeared to be genuine but noted the seriousness of his actions in the Capitol. ‘What you did was terrible,’ Lamberth said. ‘You made yourself the center of the riot.’ 



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