Five Men Convicted for Actions at U.S. Capitol on January 6, 2021
James Tate Grant and Four Others Found Guilty of Civil Disorder
James Tate Grant, a 31-year-old resident of Cary, has been among a group of five men who were recently found guilty for their actions at the United States Capitol on January 6, 2021.
All five individuals, including Grant, Ryan Samsel, Paul Russell Johnson, Stephen Chase Randolph, and Jason Benjamin Blythe, have been convicted of civil disorder.
Grant’s Additional Charges
James Tate Grant has also been found guilty of several additional charges, which include assaulting an officer with a deadly or dangerous weapon (a metal crowd control barrier), committing an act of physical violence on the Capitol grounds, disorderly and disruptive conduct on the Capitol grounds, and obstruction of an official proceeding.
Prior to this, Grant had pleaded guilty to two misdemeanor charges of entering and remaining in certain rooms in the Capitol building and parading, demonstrating, or picketing in a Capitol building.
The Role of the Convicted Men
According to evidence presented during the trial, Grant and his co-defendant, Ryan Samsel, played a significant role in the events of January 6, 2021. They were among the first rioters to approach Capitol police officers guarding the building. Video evidence captured Grant and Samsel leading the initial crowd of rioters into a restricted area towards a metal barricade where several officers were stationed.
Impact and Consequences of their Actions
Prosecutors have strongly emphasized the gravity of the defendants’ actions, stating, “The two defendants are among those who used violence to set off a chain of events that involved thousands of rioters invading the U.S. Capitol, injuries, deaths, property damage, havoc, and the delay of the certification of a presidential election.”
The five men will face their sentencing in a hearing scheduled for June 13, 2024.
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