The man photographed with the Speaker of the House Nancy pelosiNancy Pelosi No responsibility for the US carbon footprint.Lectern (D-Calif.) During the Jan. 6 attack on the Capitol pleaded guilty.
Adam Johnson, 36, pleaded guilty Monday to one count of entering and staying in a restricted building or land, according to The Washington Post.
The parties involved in the case reached an agreement on sentencing guidelines that include zero to six months in prison, along with fines ranging from $ 500 to $ 9,500. The government did not request that Johnson be detained prior to his sentencing, the Post reported.
Johnson was also charged with one count of theft of government property and one count of violent entry and disorderly conduct on Capitol grounds, but those charges were dropped in exchange for his first-count guilty plea, according to the Post.
Also part of Johnson’s plea deal is guidelines for a book or “something of that nature” that the defendant is considering writing about his experience on Jan.6, according to the Post. The government will be able to collect any benefit Johnson receives from that product for five years.
Johnson said at Monday’s plea hearing that he “got caught in the moment” and had gone through “a difficult couple of years” that led to spending time “listening to a lot of information and reading things” online.
US Chief District Judge Reggie Walton made headlines at Johnson’s plea hearing when he struck out at former President Trump for his claims that the 2020 presidential election was stolen.
The judge compared Trump to the former vice president Al GoreAlbert (Al) Arnold GoreJudge says Gore, unlike Trump, ‘was a man’ and accepted the electoral loss Meet the Governor of the Red State Democrats should nominate in 2024 instead of Biden or Harris Media Narrative got the role of education in Virginia elections upside down MORE, who gave in to President George W. Bush in the 2000 presidential race after weeks of legal battles due to the tight vote count in Florida.
“Al Gore had a better case for arguing than Mr. Trump and he was a man about what happened to him,” Walton said. according to CNN. “He accepted it and left.”
The judge also said he was concerned Johnson could commit similar crimes in the future because he was “gullible enough” to travel to Washington based on the false claims of voter fraud.
“I am concerned if you will be gullible when something like this comes up again,” he added. “That worries me, it really worries me, because we are in a conflict situation as a country.”
Johnson traveled from Tampa, Florida to Washington on January 5, before the “Stop the Steal” rally that was called in support of Trump, according to the Post. He then walked to the Capitol, along with others in a crowd, where the riot finally took place.
Johnson entered the Capitol through the door of the Senate wing, took a photo next to a sign that said “Closed to all tours,” then posed for photos with Pelosi’s lectern in hand, according to a court file cited by the Post.