The Ocala couple pleaded guilty on Monday to participating in the storming of the Capitol on January 6, 2021, with one of them admitting to assaulting a Capitol police officer.
Jamie Buteau, 50, and Jennifer Buteau, 46, attended the initial January 6 protest outside the US Capitol before it escalated into violence. According to a US Department of Justice press release, after protesters began to force their way into the Capitol, Butoh entered the building through a broken Senate wing door around 2:25 p.m.
The Butohs moved with a crowd of other rioters to the lobby between the Capitol Crypt and the Capitol Visitors Center. Capitol police officers retreated from the lobby after failing to establish a line to contain the rioters. When officers attempted to tear down the sliding doors to protect themselves and separate the lobby from the Visitor Center, the rioters blocked the doors to keep them from closing.
Jamie Buteau took a chair and threw it at the police, authorities said. The chair bounced off the wall and hit one officer in the arm. The Butohs then continued through the Capitol until they exited the doors of the House wing around 2:45 pm.
Jamie pleaded guilty to assault, resisting or obstructing certain officers, which is a felony. Jennifer pleaded guilty to parading, demonstrating, or picketing at the Capitol building, which is a misdemeanor.
The investigation involved the FBI’s Washington and Jacksonville field offices, the District of Columbia Metropolitan Police Department, and the US Capitol Police.
More than 1,069 people have been arrested in nearly all 50 states for offenses related to the January 6 Capitol storming, according to a press release.