Florida Man Faces Over 20 Years in Prison for January 6th

A Florida man who posted a Facebook video of himself during the Jan. 6, 2021, riot at the U.S. Capitol faces more than two decades in prison following a felony conviction.

A D.C. federal judge found Bradley Weeks, 44, from Macclenny in north Florida, guilty of a felony count of obstruction of an official proceeding on Friday, along with four other misdemeanors, according to court records.

Weeks will face up to 20 years in prison for the felony alone and up to three years for the lesser charges. Official sentencing, however, has not yet been given and will be scheduled for a later date.

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According to court documents, Weeks attended protest election irregularities and Democrat Joe Biden’s 2020 election victory over then-President Donald Trump. Part of the group broke off and stormed the Capitol on Jan. 6, 2021, in an apparent attempt to stop Congress from certifying election results for Biden over the Republican Trump. Weeks was part of that group. Five people died due to the event, but no rioters killed anyone directly.

Officials said that FBI agents received several tips regarding the video Weeks had posted on his Facebook page of him in the Capitol. In one post, Weeks actually turned the camera to show his face while in the Capitol and verbally detailed what he had done. It was essentially a confession.

“We’ve had to break things to get through, but we’ve gotten through. We’ve gotten through, and we are going to take back the Capitol! We are taking back our country. This is our 1776!”

-Bradley Weeks

 

Multiple videos of the event were captured, with various interpretations.

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Weeks gave an interview to a local newspaper regarding the riot, the Baker County Press. The paper posted a screenshot of Weeks with the headline, “Local man involved in Capitol siege,” the FBI said.

Some observers on Twitter have objected to the ruling, arguing Weeks’ was either peaceful or that he did nothing at all.

Another observer pointed out hypocrisy regarding how riots are treated based on politics.

 

Officials said nearly 900 people have been arrested in almost all 50 states on charges related to the breach of the U.S. Capitol; more than 275 people have been charged with assaulting, or more often impeding, law enforcement.

According to Amac, as of March of this year, many rioters were still detained without charge.


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