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Published on May 15, 2024
Kentucky & Florida Men Sentenced to Fed Time Over Capitol Riot ConvictionsSource: NATO Training Mission-Afghanistan, CC BY-SA 2.0, via Wikimedia Commons

Two men from Kentucky and Florida have been convicted on numerous charges for their involvement in the Jan. 6 Capitol riot, with the disruption of the Congressional session ascertaining the 2020 presidential election results. Joseph Irwin, 43, of Cecilia, Kentucky, and John Joseph Richter, 39, of Port Charlotte, Florida faced the judgment following a bench trial before U.S. District Court Judge Randolph D. Moss. Irwin was convicted of three felonies, including obstruction, weapon possession in a restricted building, and disorderly conduct with a deadly or dangerous weapon, according to the U.S. Attorney's Office, District of Columbia. Additionally, he was guilty of misdemeanors that involved entering the floor of Congress and parading in a Capitol building.

Richter was found guilty of felony obstruction as well, as misdemeanor offenses for entering restricted space and engaging in disorderly conduct within the Capitol. Their sentencing is set for Aug. 9, when their futures amidst the justice system will be concretely ascertained. Leading up to the Jan. 6 events, Irwin and Richter exchanged messages discussing their intent to disrupt the electoral vote certification and even deliberated on engaging in violence, with Richter saying, "Well I think we are gonna be in a huge crowd mostly. So we will have to be opportunists most likely. Gnome saying? I like the ready bystander wildcard approach myself." The two also prepared by bringing flagpoles, goggles, battery banks, and full-face gas masks to Washington, D.C., as per the U.S. Attorney's Office, District of Columbia.

The FBI, along with local law enforcement, led the investigation that resulted in their convictions, the DOJ reported. The case was handled by the U.S. Attorney's Office for the District of Columbia with assistance from the National Security Division's Counterterrorism Section, and support from the Western District of Kentucky and the Middle District of Florida. Irwin and Richter's convictions add to the mounting legal repercussions in the aftermath of an event that continues to resonate across the nation's legal and political landscapes.