Capitol Riot arrests and Texas residents convicted since the Jan.6 event
In the year following the assault on the United States Capitol, more than 700 Americans were charged with crimes related to participation in the January 6 event.
The attack on death, injuries and criminal charges amid false claims that fraudulent votes propelled President Joe Biden to victory over incumbent President Donald Trump, a bogus claim that many Americans continue to believe is true despite no credible evidence to support the idea.
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As of this writing, Texas has 63 indicted residents, which puts it behind Pennsylvania (65) and Florida (79). For a full rundown of those charged and their role in the event, scroll to the bottom of this story or click here.
Six Texans were sentenced for their role in the Capitol Riot in 2021
Several Texans cases could end in plea deals or trials and lead to criminal convictions in 2022, but five cases resolved in 2021 have already led to criminal convictions.
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The first Texan convicted spent weeks in jail
Matthew Mazzocco was arrested 11 days after January 6 in San Antonio. The FBI said an anonymous informant identified him from a Facebook post titled “The Capital is Ours!” Mazzocco has also appeared in photos and videos inside the Capitol.
On July 2, Mazzocco pleaded guilty to one count of parade, demonstration or picketing as part of a plea deal.
He was sentenced to 45 days in prison and 60 hours of community service on September 12.
Midland man sentenced to one year probation
On July 29, a Midland man reached a plea deal, pleading guilty to one count of marching, protesting or picketing at a Capitol building.
Eliel Rosa was sentenced on October 12 to one year of probation and 100 hours of community service. Rosa must also pay $ 500 in restitution.
He faced charges alongside a former West Texas mayoral candidate. Jenny Cudd is currently awaiting sentencing (more on her below).
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A Dallas man who posted on social media about his involvement in the events of January 6 was sentenced to more than a year in prison nine months later.
Messages from Troy Anthony Smocks on Speak included, “Prepare our guns, then go get them. Let’s trace these cowards against the traitors that each of them is,” according to an FBI affidavit. Smocks planned to leave the country on January 15 but was arrested the day before.
He pleaded guilty to threats in interstate communications on September 29. Less than a month later, on October 21, he was sentenced to 14 months in prison and three years on probation.
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A Frisco real estate agent who flew to Washington on a private plane in January will be spending time in jail for his role in the January 6 event.
Jenna Ryan initially pleaded not guilty to four counts in March. That same month, she tweeted that she would not go to jail.
“Sorry, I have blonde hair, white skin, a great job, a bright future, and I’m not going to jail. Sorry for raining on your hate parade. I haven’t done anything wrong.” Ryan tweeted on March 26.
On August 19, she had entered into a plea deal in which she pleaded guilty to a single charge of marching, demonstrating or picketing at a Capitol building. She was sentenced to 60 days in prison and paid $ 500 restitution and a $ 1,000 fine on November 4th.
Since his arrest, Ryan has gained followers on social media. On Twitter, she has over 20,000 followers and on TikTok, she has over 6,000 followers.
Ex-Houston cop sentenced to weeks in jail
After 18 years with the Houston Police Department, a Richmond man resigned his post as he faced charges related to the Jan.6 event.
Photos on Tam Dinh Pham’s phone showed him inside the Capitol, and he told authorities he spent 10 to 15 minutes inside the building, according to the FBI.
The former officer pleaded guilty on September 20 to marching, demonstrating or picketing at a Capitol building. He was sentenced to 45 days in jail and ordered to pay $ 500 in restitution and $ 1,000 in fines on December 10.
5 Texans who pleaded guilty in 2021 to participating in the Capitol riot face conviction in 2022
Several Texans cases could be resolved through plea agreements or trials and lead to criminal convictions in 2022, but five cases resolved in 2021 have sentencing dates set for this year.
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Richard Barnard and Jeffrey Witcher both pleaded guilty on October 20 to charges related to their involvement in the Capitol Riot.
Barnard, of Austin, pleaded guilty to marching, demonstrating or picketing a Capitol building while Witcher, of Bastrop, pleaded guilty to entering or remaining in a building or restricted land. The two served in the US Marine Corps and photos showed them inside the building, according to the FBI.
The agency also said Barnard protected the police.
Witcher also berated people who might have thrown a fire extinguisher into the Capitol. He contacted an agent after learning that an acquaintance had reported him over the videos he shared of the scene.
Barnard and Witcher are set to be sentenced on February 4.
Odessa man identified by high school friend
A man from Odessa pleaded guilty on October 28 to marching, demonstrating or picketing at a Capitol building.
According to the FBI, a former high school classmate identified Vic Williams after posting an 18-minute Facebook video about his experience at the event. The FBI located him in photos taken inside the Capitol.
Williams’ sentencing is scheduled for February 7.
Former Midland mayoral candidate said she was ‘proud of my actions’ after entering Capitol Hill
Jenny Cudd pleaded guilty to entering and staying in a building or restricted land on October 13.
She entered the Capitol with Eliel Rosa (see above), who has already been convicted. In a Facebook Live video posted after entering the building, the former Midland mayoral candidate said: “We kicked down the door to Nancy Pelosi’s office” and “Fuck yes, I’m proud of my actions.”
Just two days after the events in Washington, Cudd told Midland Newswest 9: “Yes, I would absolutely do it again.”
Cudd’s sentencing date is set for March 18.
Phone location data implicates McKinney man
Government agents submitted a search warrant to Google for phone data from a McKinney man indicating he spent nearly two hours inside the Capitol on January 6. Photos and videos from the day also placed Kevin Sam Blakely at the scene.
He was charged with marching, demonstrating or picketing in a Capitol building on October 21. Blakely’s sentencing date is March 24.