Guilty pleas for men who took photos at Pelosi's office on Jan. 6
From Mark Hosenball
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Two Ohio men face up to six months in jail after pleading guilty on Friday during the January 6 riots in the U.S. Capitol, one of which was in the offices of the Nancy House Speaker Pelosi took pictures.
Derek Jancart, 39, of Canal Winchester, Ohio, and compatriot Erik Rau, 28, are at least the 20th and 21st people guilty of indictment of the January 6th attack as thousands of supporters of the former President Donald Trump stormed the building to prevent Congress from confirming Democrat Joe Biden's victory in the 2020 presidential election.
More than 535 people were charged with involvement in the violence. Trump falsely claims to have lost the election due to widespread election fraud.
According to the Federal Criminal Police Office, Jancart posted pictures of the riot on Facebook, including a photo that was taken outside of Pelosi's conference room and showed Rau in the room with the headline "We're in".
During the hearings before US District Judge James Boasberg, Jancart and Rau, who appeared on video link, both admitted that they entered the Capitol and went to Pelosi's office during the riot. Jancart admitted to having photographed Rau in the room.
Jancart and Rau were both charged with four riot-related offenses after their arrest. Jancart was arrested in February while Rau was arrested earlier this month.
Both men pleaded guilty to having committed individual misconduct in the US Capitol. They face a maximum sentence of six months and a $ 5,000 fine, although Boasberg could give them a suspended sentence. The sentencing of both men was scheduled for September 29th.
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