725 suspects were arrested in the year since the Capitol riot, DOJ announces. The FBI is looking for 350 more.
- In a year-end update, the DOJ broke down the arrests and convictions from the Capitol riot.
- There had been 725 arrests and 165 guilty please, with several heavy prison terms.
- FBI agents continue to seek some 350 people, the department said.
Seven hundred and twenty five people have been arrested in connection with the riot at the US Capitol, the Department of Justice said in a year-end update on its investigation.
DOJ officials broke down the arrests, convictions, and sentences of those accused of involvement in the January 6, 2021, storming of the Capitol.
The department said 165 of the 725 arrested — around 22% — had pleaded guilty, mostly to misdemeanor charges.
Twenty of the guilty pleas were for felony charges, and four of them — all cases of people attacking police officers — come with minimum prison terms of at least 20 years, the department said.
There are many more people at the riot whom the FBI has yet to identify. The DOJ release said that agents are seeking at least 350 more people they suspect of violent acts, including 250 they say assaulted police officers.
Here are some of the most notable convictions:
- Robert Scott Palmer, a rioter who threw a fire extinguisher at police, was sentenced to five years and three months in prison — the longest sentence for a rioter so far.
- Jacob Chansley, known as the QAnon Shaman, was handed a sentence of three years and seven months for obstructing proceedings in Congress. His outlandish costume on January 6 made him one of the most recognizable defendants.
- Jenna Ryan, a Texas realtor, was given a 60-day sentence after admitting a misdemeanor charge. She attracted attention for having flown to DC ahead of the riot by private jet, and for claiming she would definitely not be sent to prison because she is white and blond. She said after her sentencing that she hoped to use her time in prison to detox and do yoga .
- Gary Wickersham, an 81-year-old US Army veteran, was fined $2,500 and given three years of probation . He is notable as one of the oldest defendants.