Seven Idahoans Face Charges for Their Involvement in the January 6 Attack on the U.S. Capitol
The nation recently observed the third anniversary of the infamous January 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol, where a group of former President Donald Trump supporters stormed the building. In the aftermath, federal prosecutors have successfully prosecuted numerous individuals for a wide range of charges related to the incident. Among those charged are seven Idaho residents who were actively involved in the riot.
Josiah Colt: The First Guilty Plea
Josiah Colt, a resident of Meridian, Idaho, became the first Idahoan to plead guilty for his actions during the Capitol attack. During the riot, Colt gained notoriety when a photograph of him dangling from the Senate balcony went viral. After descending from the balcony, he sat in the seat reserved for then-Vice President Mike Pence. In a social media video, Colt mistakenly claimed that he had occupied House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s chair. Colt later expressed remorse for his involvement, stating that his intention was to have his voice heard and that he did not condone the violence that unfolded. In May 2023, Colt was sentenced to 15 months in prison.
Duke Wilson: One of the Longest Sentences
Duke Wilson, a resident of Nampa, received one of the lengthiest sentences handed down for the Capitol attack at the time. He was sentenced to four years and three months in prison. Wilson was the first Idahoan to be sentenced after pleading guilty to assaulting a federal officer and obstructing an official proceeding.
Yvonne St Cyr: A Felony Conviction
Yvonne St Cyr from Boise was sentenced to 30 months in federal prison for her participation in the attack. St Cyr was found guilty of obstructing and interfering with police during a civil disorder, entering and remaining in a restricted building, disorderly and disruptive conduct in a restricted building, disorderly conduct in a capitol building, and parading/demonstrating in a capitol building.
Michael Pope: Still Awaiting Trial
Michael Pope, a resident of Sandpoint, traveled to Washington D.C. with his brother and is currently facing multiple charges, including two felonies. His case is still in court proceedings, and a bench trial is expected.
Pam Hemphill: A Citizen Journalist’s Plea Deal
Pam Hemphill from Boise served a 60-day prison sentence after making a plea deal with federal prosecutors. She was convicted of one misdemeanor count of demonstrating, parading, or picketing in the U.S. Capitol Building. Hemphill, who identified herself as a citizen journalist, stated that she was at the Capitol to capture video footage. During an interview, she emphasized the importance of seeking accurate information from reliable sources rather than relying solely on social media.
Tyler Tew: Probation and Fine
Tyler Tew from Idaho Falls received 24 months of probation and a $2,000 fine after pleading guilty to multiple charges. His charges included entering and remaining in a restricted building or grounds, disorderly and disruptive conduct in a restricted building or grounds, disorderly conduct in a capitol building, and parading, demonstrating, or picketing in a capitol building.
Theo Hanson: The Seventh Idahoan Facing Charges
Theo Hanson of Nampa became the seventh Idaho resident to face charges for his involvement in the Capitol breach. He is charged with felony offenses of obstruction of an official proceeding and civil disorder.
In total, nearly 750 individuals have been sentenced for their actions during the January 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol. These sentences range from a few days of confinement to as long as 22 years in prison. The repercussions of this event continue to unfold as justice is served.
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