In January 6, a Maryland man becomes the 20th to enter a guilty plea. Riot in the Capitol

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A Maryland man became the 20th person to enter a guilty plea for his role in the Jan. 6 riot at the United States Capitol.

Andrew Bennett pleaded guilty to one count of parading, demonstrating or picketing in the Capitol building, which carries a charge of six months in prison and a fine of up to $5,000.

Bennett also agreed to allow law enforcement to review his social media accounts prior to his sentencing in October as part of the agreement.

According to court documents, Bennett was seen inside the Capitol wearing a hat with a slogan associated with the Proud Boys, an all-male group known to engage in violent crime and promote an ideology of misogyny and White nationalism.

Evidence did not show that he marched with Proud Boys to the Capitol and part of his plea agreement stated that he contacted a Maryland chapter to join the group but prosecutors “did not find evidence that Bennett is a member of or associate of any organized chapter of the Proud Boys.”

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A criminal complaint said the FBI received a tip that Bennett was live streaming on Facebook while inside the Capitol.

In one video, Bennett can be heard chanting “break it down” while standing near a door leading to the Speaker’s Lobby, where a gunshot can be heard. Prosecutors believe the video depicts the scene where US Capitol Police shot and killed Ashli Babbitt.

On Monday, Paul Allard Hodgkins became the first person to be sentenced for a felony related to the riot, receiving an eight-month prison sentence after pleading guilty to a single count of obstruction last week.

 

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