An Idaho man pleaded guilty today to two counts, including assaulting a law enforcement officer, for his actions during the January 6 violation of the United States Capitol , which disrupted a joint session of the US Congress that was in the process of verifying and counting the electoral votes for the presidential election.
According to court documents, Duke Edward Wilson, 67, of Nampa, visited the United States Capitol on January 6 wearing a dark-colored jacket with a long-sleeved blue shirt underneath and a baseball cap. purple and white baseball that read, “CNN,” with the words “FAKE NEWS” underneath. He entered the Lower West Terrace tunnel area of the United States Capitol shortly before 3 p.m. Shields.
Wilson walked over to the front line of the crowd, and as officers attempted to close a series of double doors, he grabbed them and tried to open the door. He then lifted what appeared to be a tablet to deflect the irritating liquid officers sprayed on the crowd. Wilson then picked up a white cylindrical object several feet long, purported to be a thin polyvinyl chloride (PVC) pipe, and indiscriminately used it to hit the officers, hitting one. Wilson then lifted the object over his head and threw it into the row of officers. As the confrontation continued, he also aided others in attempting to remove an officer’s shield. During a fight for the shield, he pushed an officer to the ground and then joined others in pushing another officer.
Wilson pleaded guilty to obstructing official process and assaulting, resisting or obstructing certain officers. He is expected to be sentenced on November 22. He faces up to 20 years in prison and a $ 250,000 fine for obstructing formal proceedings, and up to eight years and $ 250,000 for assaulting law enforcement.
Wilson was arrested in Idaho on April 15 and remains under personal obligation pending sentencing. A federal district court judge will determine any sentence after taking into account US sentencing guidelines and other statutory factors.
The case is being pursued by the United States Attorney’s Office for the District of Columbia and the Counter-Terrorism Section of the Department of Justice’s National Security Division. Valuable assistance was provided by the United States Attorney’s Office for the District of Idaho.
This matter is currently under investigation by the FBI’s Washington Field Office, which identifies Wilson as No.87 in its investigative photos, with assistance from the United States Capitol Police, from the Metropolitan Police Department (MPD) and the FBI Field Office in Salt Lake City.
In the seven months since January 6, more than 570 people have been arrested in nearly all 50 states for crimes related to the violation of the United States Capitol, including more than 170 people charged with assault or obstructs the application of laws. The investigation remains ongoing.