A far-right figure on the Internet pleaded guilty Friday to joining the gang that stormed the US Capitolwhere he broadcast a live video that he and other rioters denounced, according to one of the lawsuits.
Anthem GeonetKnown as “Baked Alaska” to his followers on social media, he faces a maximum sentence of six months in prison after pleading guilty to a number of misdemeanors of demonstrating, demonstrating or picketing inside the Capitol.
U.S. District Court Judge Emmett Sullivan is scheduled to issue sentencing for Geynet on January 12, 2023.
The judge had set a date for Giunt’s trial in March 2023 after he refused to plead guilty during a previous hearing. Sullivan refused to accept a guilty plea by Anthem Geonet in May after he declared his innocence at the start of what was to be a plea agreement hearing.
At the start of Friday’s virtual hearing, defense attorney Zachary Thornley told the judge that a protester was outside Giunt’s home in Florida and was recording proceedings over the phone, a violation of court rules.
“What do you protest?” asked the judge.
“I think it’s a person,” Thornley replied.
The judge ordered court staff to shut down the phone line, preventing the public from hearing Gionet go into his guilty plea.
Two of Geyent’s attorneys did not immediately respond to calls for comment after the hearing.
After entering the Capitol on January 6, 2021, Geonet broadcast a live video that showed himself inside the building and repeatedly encouraged other rioters to stay there.
“Come. Let’s go. Come. Feel at home,” Jeunet told other rioters, according to a court note accompanied by his guilty plea.
Geynt joined the others in chanting, “Patriots in control!” and “Who’s home? Our home!” Before leaving, the FBI said, he bluntly called a police officer a “sworn sworn.”
Federal authorities used Gionet’s video to go after other rioters, including three men from New York City. Antonio Ferrigno, Francis Connor and Anton Lunik pleaded guilty in April to charges related to the riots. Gionet’s live broadcast showed them in Senator Jeff Merkley’s office, according to court files accompanying the plea agreements.
Jeunet worked at BuzzFeed before he used social media to build an online following in far-right political circles. Defense attorney Zachary Thornley said Geynot “has long been a member of the press.”
“His actions on the day many people entered the Capitol were no less than what he had always done. He filmed them. That is what he does,” Thornley wrote in a lawsuit last year..
The prosecution challenged Giunt’s claim that he was a member of the media.
Gionet is known for posting videos of him trying to prank or trolling his targets. He also has a history of promoting far-right extremism. He was scheduled to speak at the white nationalist rally “Unite the Right” in 2017 before violence broke out on the streets of Charlottesville, Virginia..
Major internet platforms, including Twitter, suspended Gionet’s accounts prior to January 6. At the Capitol, he was broadcasting live video using a fringe service called DLive.
Other defendants in the Capitol riots claimed that they were acting like journalists, not rebels.
Infowars hosts Jonathan Owen Schroer He asked the judge to drop the riot charges. Schroyer’s lawyer argues that the Justice Department is suing him for his “rights to protest, speak freely and impart the news” that are protected by the constitution. Prosecutors respond that the First Amendment does not protect Shroui’s conduct on the Capitol.
Geonet, who grew up in Anchorage, Alaska, was arrested in Houston less than two weeks after the riot. He moved from Arizona to Florida after his arrest.
In January, Jeunet was sentenced to 30 days in prison for misdemeanor convictions stemming from a December 2020 standoff in which authorities said he fired pepper spray at an employee at a bar in Scottsdale, Arizona.
The plea agreement with Gionet includes a provision allowing investigators to review any of his social media accounts for posts around the time of the Capitol riots.
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