Defendant Joined Confrontation With Officers at Decrease West Terrace
WASHINGTON – A Kentucky gentleman was sentenced nowadays to 12 months and a working day in prison for a felony cost stemming from his actions during the breach of the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6, 2021. His steps and the actions of some others disrupted a joint session of the U.S. Congress convened to verify and count the electoral votes similar to the 2020 presidential election.
Roger Kent Baugh, 51, of Louisville, KY, pleaded guilty on October 21, 2022, in the District of Columbia to interfering with legislation enforcement officers in the course of a civil ailment. In addition to the jail term, U.S. District Courtroom Choose James E. Boasberg ordered $2,000 restitution and 24 months of supervised release.
According to courtroom files, on Jan. 6, 2021, Baugh and a buddy, Mark Mazza, illegally entered the Capitol grounds. Baugh was knowledgeable that day that Mazza was armed with a firearm. At approximately 2:50 p.m., both guys moved up a staircase and to the West Entrance Terrace. About 20 minutes later on, Baugh moved to the mouth of a tunnel spot primary into the Capitol Developing. Whilst there, he noticed various acts of violence versus legislation enforcement officers trying to safe the creating. Baugh entered the tunnel and assisted other rioters who ended up pushing in opposition to the officers. He then participated in “heave-ho” attempts to implement significant bodily pressure and strain on the officers to eliminate them from the doorway. Baugh eventually retreated from the rioters who had been actively resisting officers in the tunnel. But he returned times later on for a next effort. Officers pushed rioters back again, and Baugh finally still left the tunnel location at approximately 3:18 p.m.
Baugh subsequently falsely denied entering the tunnel space or currently being concerned in any violence versus officers, in a November 2021 job interview with the FBI, and through another job interview, in March 2022, with an Assistant U.S. Lawyer and the U.S. Capitol Law enforcement.
Mazza, 57, of Shelbyville, Indiana, pleaded responsible on June 17, 2022, to assaulting, resisting, or impeding officers with a perilous weapon and carrying a pistol without a license. He was sentenced on Oct 21, 2022 to 60 months in jail.
This case was prosecuted by the U.S. Attorney’s Business for the District of Columbia and the Division of Justice National Security Division’s Counterterrorism Portion.
The scenario was investigated by the U.S. Capitol Police with important support from the FBI’s Louisville, Washington, and Indianapolis Subject Workplaces, as properly as the Metropolitan Police and Shelbyville, Indiana Law enforcement Departments.
In the 24 months since Jan. 6, 2021, additional than 950 people today have been arrested in practically all 50 states for crimes associated to the breach of the U.S. Capitol, which includes about 284 individuals charged with assaulting or impeding regulation enforcement. The investigation stays ongoing.
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