Jay Johnston from ‘Bob’s Burgers’ to Enter Guilty Plea in January 6th Incident

Jay Johnston to Plead Guilty in Capitol Riot Case

The well-known actor Jay Johnston, recognized for his role as Jimmy Pesto Sr. on the popular animated series “Bob’s Burgers,” has reached an agreement to plead guilty in the federal case concerning his involvement in the Capitol riot on January 6, 2021.

Johnston, aged 55, was apprehended in California last year and faced four charges, including civil disorder and entering restricted grounds. To resolve the case, Johnston has decided to plead guilty to a single count of civil disorder, with the other charges being dismissed. The plea agreement hearing is scheduled for July 8 in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia.

A civil disorder charge carries a maximum penalty of five years in prison, a fine, or both.

Recognized for his work in television comedies such as “Mr. Show with Bob and David,” Johnston also appeared in movies like “Anchorman” and “Men in Black II.”

Internet sleuths identified Johnston when the F.B.I. released photos of him at the Capitol, seeking help from the public to confirm his identity.

Evidence against Jay Johnston

Authorities identified Johnston in police body camera footage pushing against officers and aiding rioters in breaching a tunnel entrance at the Capitol. He was captured taking photos, signaling others to join the chaos, and providing water to rioters to rinse their eyes.

In a text message, he acknowledged being present at the Capitol, mentioning that the situation turned chaotic and sharing his experience of being maced and tear-gassed.

Court documents revealed Johnston’s round trip from Los Angeles to Washington D.C., further solidifying his presence at the Capitol during the riot.

Consequences and Fallout

Following allegations of Johnston’s involvement in the Capitol riot, he lost his role as Jimmy Pesto Sr. on “Bob’s Burgers.” The Daily Beast reported this development in December 2021.

Johnston is among over 1,500 individuals charged in connection with the Capitol riot, as per the Justice Department. More than 800 people have already pleaded guilty to the charges.

Reported by Alan Feuer.

Read More of this Story at www.nytimes.com – 2024-06-26 03:20:37

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