Man seen carrying speaker’s lectern at Jan. 6 riot pleads guilty

The Florida man photographed carrying the Home speaker’s lectern and waving throughout the Jan. 6 riot on the U.S. Capitol pleaded responsible to a federal misdemeanor Monday, in accordance with court docket data.

Adam Johnson, 36, pleaded responsible to at least one rely of getting into and remaining in a restricted constructing or grounds, data present.

A plea settlement estimates sentencing tips of as much as 6 months in jail on the misdemeanor cost.

Johnson admitted in court docket paperwork that he entered the Capitol after a pro-Trump mob attacked the constructing and police, and that he discovered the lectern with the Home Speaker’s seal close to a staircase and carried it off “as a result of he believed it could make a very good prop for an image.”

The {photograph} made him one of the vital recognizable individuals within the riot, which occurred as Congress was there to formally rely the electoral votes affirming President Joe Biden’s victory over Donald Trump. The violence adopted weeks of lies about voter fraud and after a “cease the steal” rally.

Attorneys for Johnson didn’t instantly return requests for remark Monday night time. He’s free on bond, and sentencing is scheduled for February.

The cost carries a most of 1 12 months in jail, however estimated sentencing tips name for between zero and 6 months and a tremendous of between $500 and $9,500, the plea settlement says.

Johnson left the lectern in the course of the Rotunda, in accordance with court docket paperwork. It was later present in a hallway off the Rotunda.

He was arrested two days after the assault. The {photograph} went viral on social media.

One other particular person on the riot whose photograph made him a public face of the riot, so-called “QAnon Shaman” Jacob Anthony Chansley, was sentenced final week to over three years in jail. He pleaded responsible to a felony.