Saint Augustine pleads guilty to charges of violating the US Capitol

According to court documents, several open-source videos show Anthony Sargent attempting to break into the northern entrance to the Capitol Building on January 6, 2021.

JACKSONVILLE, Florida. On Friday, a St. Augustine man pleaded guilty to one felony and six misdemeanors related to his actions during the January 6, 2021, US Capitol break-in.

The Justice Department says Anthony Sargent, 47, pleaded guilty in the District of Columbia to felony civil unrest charges. In addition, Sargent pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor offense of destroying property; entering and staying in a building or area with restricted access; hooliganism and hooliganism in a closed building or on the territory; resort to physical violence in a closed building or on the territory; hooliganism in the Capitol building; and an act of physical violence on the grounds or buildings of the Capitol.

According to court documents, several open source videos show Sargent attempting to break into the Capitol building’s north entrance on January 6, 2021. One of the videos in the court documents shows Sargent pushing the crowd in an apparent attempt to break down the outer doors of the north entrance.

Sargent then emerges from the north entrance to the Capitol building through a cloud of white smoke. Court documents say that after the smoke cleared, Sargent can be seen waving the crowd back to the Capitol’s north entrance. Sargent is then seen exiting the north entrance again after spraying a chemical irritant. Then, in additional video footage, Sargent throws a stone-like object at the inner doors of the northern entrance twice.

Later that day, a law enforcement officer entered the crowd in the same area and attempted to apprehend a rioter who had attacked another officer. As the officer moved towards the rioter, Sargent physically separated the law enforcement officer from the rioter and prevented the officer from apprehending the rioter.

Sargent was arrested on September 21, 2021. The sentence is due on September 28, 2023, and he faces a maximum prison term of up to five years. The judge of the federal district court will render the verdict after considering the U.S. Sentencing Guidelines and other statutory factors.

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