A man and his son pleaded guilty to civil disorder after posting on social media on Tuesday that they were “one of the first” at the Capitol on January 6, 2021.
In a video hearing, 51-year-old Iowa man Daryl Johnson and his 29-year-old son Daniel Johnson of Minnesota filed their guilty pleas before Washington, D.C., Judge Dabney Frederick. The two admitted that they had entered the Capitol through a broken window, pushed the officers back and helped other rioters get into the building.
Court documents said the two agreed to pay $2,000 each in damages to Capital. They also agreed to comply with police inquiries about the riots.
In return, the government would drop other charges against him such as disorderly conduct, entering a prohibited building and demonstrating in a capitol building.
On the day of the riots, Daniel Johnson posted on his Facebook that he and his father had “rashed Capitol Hill” and were among the first to enter the building. On Daryl Johnson’s Facebook, he called the event “the beginning of a revolution.”
Both are not currently in jail. The sentence will be pronounced on April 12 over another video call.
In a plea agreement signed by both men on December 15, he admitted that at around 2:20 p.m. on January 6, 2021, he illegally entered the Capitol by climbing through a broken window next to the door of the Senate wing. While inside, they climbed a flight of stairs to the second floor and at one point encountered a line of law enforcement officers.
“Along with a group of other rioters, Johnson and his son, Daniel Johnson, rushed to the line of law enforcement officers and helped the officers push through and open the east rotunda doors, allowing rioters to enter outside the building. Millie. Johnson was or is in front of a group of rioters in the interior of the Capitol when the doors were opened,” the document said.
After being inside the building for about 26 minutes, he remained inside the Capitol and climbed the stairs to the third floor before exiting on the first floor.
While they face up to five years in prison and a $250,000 fine for the felony, court documents indicate that prosecutors and defense attorneys agreed on the possibility of a sentence of up to six months and a fine of up to $20,000. Of. The judge has the discretion to pronounce the sentence and will consider filings from both sides, including video evidence from prosecutors.
The men agreed that the riots caused an estimated $1.5 million in damages to the Capitol, and they agreed to pay $2,000 each, court documents indicated.
In a Facebook post the day after the attack, Daryl Johnson said, “Mark my words tomorrow will be the beginning of the revolution.” He also commented about “some version of a Civil War” and commented in another post: “Bring it on to Biden! I have no problem dying in a pool of empty shell casings.”
The day before the attack, Daniel Johnson posted abusive words about Biden. After leaving the scene of the attack, he posted, “We raided Capitol Hill” and “Lol Dad and I were one of the first people inside.” He also commented that he was sure House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s office had been trashed. “I was trying to find a way into the chamber,” he wrote. He also posted on Jan 7: “Trump 2020.”
The Associated Press contributed to this report.