Idaho Man Pleads Guilty to Breaching Capitol on January 6 to Obstruct Congressional Proceeding
Outside during the U.S. Capitol during the January 6, 2021 attack on the building By Tyler Merbler of the U.S. – DSC09254-2, CC BY 2.0
Washington, DC – (ENEWSPF) – An Idaho man pleaded guilty today to violating the U.S. Capitol to obstruct Congressional certification of the January 6 electoral college vote. The admission of guilt was announced by Acting US Attorney Channing D. Phillips and Deputy Assistant Attorney General Mark J. Lesko of the National Security Division.
Josiah Colt, 34, of Meridian, Idaho, pleaded guilty to criminal information alleging obstruction of an official process. He faces up to 20 years in prison, as well as three years of supervised release and a US $ 250,000 fine. As part of the plea agreement, Colt agreed to cooperate in the ongoing government investigation into the Jan. 6th violation of the U.S. Capitol. The Honorable Thomas F. Hogan, who accepted Colt’s admission of guilt, has scheduled a status hearing in the US District Court for the District of Columbia on October 18.
According to court records filed today, shortly after 2 p.m. on January 6, crowds gathered outside the Capitol forced entry into the building, which ultimately resulted in the Joint Session being halted and members of the Congress, including the Vice President, escaping Houses of Representatives and Senate chambers evacuated. According to his guilty guilty plea, Colt entered the Capitol as the members were evacuated and made his way to the Senate Chamber, where he followed other people as they pushed past the U.S. Capitol Police into the gallery – shortly after the Senators were evacuated . Colt then climbed from the gallery to the Senate level and ran to a chair reserved for the Senate President, the Vice President of the United States.
Later that day, Colt posted a video on Facebook calling House spokeswoman Nancy Pelosi a traitor and claiming the first person to break through the Capitol to sit in her chair. In fact, Colt had presided over the Senate, which was reserved for the Senate President.
According to court records, Colt was traveling to Washington, DC with Nathan DeGrave and Ronald Sandlin, who were separately indicted in connection with the Capitol break-in; everyone has pleaded not guilty and their cases remain pending. In preparation for his trip, Colt bought a holster for a Glock .43 pistol he owned, a gas mask, and a helmet. Along with Sandlin and DeGrave, the trio brought gas masks, helmets, shin guards, body armor, a handheld taser / stun gun, retractable baton, walkie talkies, bear mace and Colts Glock .43 pistol to the Washington Metropolitan Area. On January 6, Colt left his firearm at his hotel but donned the protective gear described above and wore it in the Capitol.
This case is being prosecuted by the US Attorney’s Office for the District of Columbia and the Department of National Security at the Department of Justice. It is being investigated by the FBI’s Washington branch and the Salt Lake City branch.
In the more than 180 days since January 6, more than 535 people have been arrested for violating the January 6th Capitol, including over 165 people charged with assault, resisting or obstruction of prosecution. The investigation continues.
The US Capitol Building is currently closed to visitors.
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This is a notice from the US Department of Justice.