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Published on June 13, 2024
Men from New York and California Convicted for Assaulting Officers in Jan 6 Capitol BreachSource: Unsplash/ Matthew Ansley

Three men from the East and West coasts have been convicted in connection to the January 6 Capitol breach. A federal jury in Washington, D.C., found Gregory Purdy, of Hopewell Junction, New York, and Robert Turner, from the Los Angeles area, guilty of several charges, including felonies. Matthew Purdy, also of Hopewell Junction, faced misdemeanor charges. The outcomes flow from the infamous day when the Capitol grounds turned chaotic as Congress was to to basically confirm the 2020 presidential election results, as per a release by the U.S. Department of Justice.

Gregory Purdy was convicted of assaulting law enforcement, among six felony offenses in total. He is also facing six misdemeanor offenses. Turner similarly faces multiple charges including three felonies. Matthew Purdy was found guilty of two misdemeanors related to his conduct in the Capitol building. These convictions bring to mind a different kind of count—the stark tally of more than 1,450 individuals charged since the Capitol riot, with over 500 of these indicted for acts of violence against law enforcement.

Detailed evidence emerged during the trial indicating that the men unlawly entered the Capitol grounds and were involved in physical confrontations with police. Video footage showed the men at the front lines at different points during the breach, with some images capturing their direct confrontations with law enforcement officers guarding the site. The jury deliberated after considering this substantial evidence.

With the jury's decision, sentencing is set for October 18, by U.S. District Judge Royce C. Lamberth. The case has been the result of extensive work by the FBI's New York, Los Angeles, and Washington Field Offices, supplemented by cooperation from various district attorneys and local law enforcement agencies. The lead roles do however belong to the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Columbia and the Department of Justice National Security Division's Counterterrorism Section, which are prosecuting the cases. As the fallout from January 6 continues to unfold well into its third year, the justice system is still busy tallying the cost of that day's violence and disruption.