US Guilty plea for Proud Boys supporter over Jan. 6 Capitol riot threats
Seven more US Capitol riot defendants plead guilty, including armed man who threatened to shoot Pelosi
Seven US Capitol riot defendants pleaded guilty on Friday to charges related to the January 6 insurrection, including one man who threatened to shoot House Speaker Nancy Pelosi. © Jon Cherry/Getty Images A large group of rioters stand on the East steps of the Capitol Building after storming its grounds on January 6, 2021, in Washington, DC. With this latest flurry of court activity, 10% of the more than 600 known federal defendants charged in connection with the deadly riot have pleaded guilty, according to CNN's latest tally. The most notable defendant to finalize a guilty plea was Cleveland Meredith Jr.
By Jonathan Stempel
NEW YORK (Reuters) - A Proud Boys supporter pleaded guilty on Monday to making social media threats tied to the Jan. 6 riot at the U.S. Capitol, including a threat to kill an incoming U.S. senator.
The defendant, Eduard Florea, also admitted to storing a large collection of ammunition at his home in the New York City borough of Queens.
Florea, 41, a software engineer and father of two, entered his plea at a remote hearing before Chief U.S. Magistrate Judge Cheryl Pollak in federal court in Brooklyn.
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The advisory suggests that extremist takes on those beliefs and behaviors could lead to future violence.“Behavior the White House and DHS deemed as terrorism today! Resisting Covid regulations, opposing government, spreading ‘misinformation,’ thinking the election was rigged,” reads text in an Aug. 14 Instagram post by the conservative social media agency Voiceban.
Prosecutors said Florea used the moniker "LoneWolfWar" on Parler, a social media platform used by conservatives, to make threats before and during the riot, where supporters of Republican then-President Donald Trump tried to stop Congress from certifying Democrat Joe Biden's presidential election win.
Florea, who did not attend the riot, allegedly referred to current Democratic Senator Raphael Warnock of Georgia as a "dead" man.
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Prosecutors said he also wrote while the Capitol was under siege: "I am awaiting my orders ... armed and ready to deploy" and "It's time to unleash some violence."
Capitol rally seeks to rewrite Jan. 6 by exalting rioters
WASHINGTON (AP) — First, some blamed the deadly Jan. 6 attack at the U.S. Capitol on left-wing antifa antagonists, a theory quickly debunked. Then came comparisons of the rioters to peaceful protesters or even tourists. Now, allies of former President Donald Trump are calling those charged in the Capitol riot “political prisoners," a stunning effort to revise the narrative of that deadly day. The brazen rhetoric ahead of a rally planned for Saturday at the Capitol is the latest attempt to explain away the horrific assault and obscure what played out for all the world to see: rioters loyal to the then-president storming the building, battling police and trying to stop Co
An FBI search of Florea's home in Queens later uncovered more than 900 rounds of ammunition, 72 military-style combat knives, two hatchets and two swords, prosecutors said.
Federal guidelines recommend that Florea spend 15 to 21 months in prison, but prosecutors intend to seek a longer term at his sentencing, scheduled Nov. 29. The defendant has been detained in a Brooklyn jail since January.
Florea's lawyer did not immediately respond to a request for comment. A remote public connection to Monday's hearing failed before Florea entered his plea.
The Proud Boys are a far-right group that has supported violence and endorsed Trump.
Federal prosecutors in Washington said this month they were in preliminary talks with several Proud Boys defendants on possible pleas. [nL1N2P929Q}
More than 570 people have been charged in connection with the riot. Trump has falsely claimed that Biden's win resulted from widespread voting fraud.
(Reporting by Jonathan Stempel in New York; editing by Jonathan Oatis)
Capitol Rioter Who Said She Was Looking to Shoot Nancy Pelosi in The 'Brain' Pleads Guilty .
Dawn Bancroft admitted to knowing she shouldn't be in the Capitol and asked her kids to delete a video she sent them of her inside the building.Hundreds of people have been charged in the Capitol riot and many have decided to plead guilty instead of face a lengthy legal process. On Tuesday, Bancroft changed her plea to guilty, accepting that she was guilty of one of the four charges she initially faced.