A man carrying a Confederate flag and his son were convicted of breaching the Capitol

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A federal judge on Wednesday found a Confederate flag-carrying father and adult son who violated the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 3. 6, 2021, guilty of obstructing lawmakers as they meet to certify President Biden’s victory in the 2020 election.

US District Judge Trevor has found McFadden Kevin Seyfried, 52, and Hunter Seyfried, 24, guilty of felony obstruction, as well as trespassing and related crimes. His ruling came after a two-day trial in which US prosecutors and law enforcement witnesses alleged that the men crossed police lines and were among the first 15 rioters to storm the Capitol.

The group chased US Capitol Police Officer Eugene Goodman toward the main entrance to the Senate Chamber, where Kevin Seyfried shouted, “Where are the members? Where are they counting the votes?”

The judge found Hunter Seyfried not guilty of destroying federal property worth less than $1,000 to remove shards of glass and climb through a window smashed by the first group of hooligans.

On the most serious charge, punishable by a maximum sentence of 20 years in prison, MacFadden — which was passed in court after the two men waived their right to a jury — found that Seyfried had the “needed intent” to “unlawfully” obstruct lawmakers when They stormed the building, chased after the police and prompted the evacuation of lawmakers.

“As an initially illegal matter, things like storming the Capitol window, threatening police, and joining a mob chasing an officer through the Capitol are so obviously wrong that they require a little extra clarification,” said McFadden, a 2017 Trump board member. . a certain.

“I find that defendant Kevin Seyfried did, in fact, impede certification by his actions,” MacFadden said.

McFadden said that time There was “compelling video evidence” of the events as the prosecutors claimed, whether Hunter Seyfried intended to damage property or acted aggressively as his father had been a “closer call.”

This video shows one of the first instances of rioters storming the Capitol on January 3. 6, 2021 (Video: Brendan Guttenschwager via Storyful)

Although McFadden exonerated Seyfried the Younger in connection with the window damage, he said the 24-year-old “knew what he was doing”.

“Join a crowd at the Capitol who were shouting over and over again, ‘Where are they hiding? Where are the members? Where do they count the votes, said MacFadden. “This is not conclusive evidence, but his decision to continue with the mob suggests his intent.”

MacFadden also cited a statement that Hunter Seyfried gave to the FBI, in which he claimed he told police, “What happens in that room, in that building affects my way of living.”

Goodman – whose actions inside the building that day were captured in a widely circulated video – testified in court that Kevin Seyfried was the first intruder he encountered while breaking through the doors of the Senate Suite on the building’s first floor.

Goodman said Seyfried the Elder hit him with the butt of the flagpole and shouted about wanting to know where the lawmakers were. FBI agent Kevin Seyfried told in an interview that he encountered an officer matching Goodman’s description, saying, “You can shoot me, but we’re coming,” according to evidence provided by prosecutors.

Video captured from the crowd shows Kevin Seyfried quickly joined by angry rioters who chased Goodman down the stairs. The officer led them away from the portico to the Senate entrance used by Republicans, staff, and the ceremonial offices of Vice President Mike Pence. Instead, the group followed him toward the Ohio clock lane on the mosaic-tiled floor above. Goodman tested that the corridor leads to the main entrance to the Senate, where it was He learned that the officers were there to provide support.

Capitol Police Officer Eugene Goodman ran into a mob that had encroached on the U.S. Capitol on his own on January 3. 6. (Video: Igor Bobic/HuffPost via Storyful)

Prosecutors Brittany L. Reed and Bennett Kearney argued that the Seyfried family were part of the first group of hooligans who entered “intent on getting to the members of Congress.” The group included two prominent personalities accused of leadership The accusation: Douglas Jensen, who was wearing a black T-shirt emblazoned with an eagle and the logo of extremist QAnon ideology, and “Kunun Shaman” Jacob Chansley who carried A spear and a trumpet on the floor of the Senate wore Red, white and blue face paint and fur hood with horns. Jensen faces trial in September. Chansley has pleaded guilty.

Prosecutors played a video of Hunter Seyfried’s interview with the FBI, in which he said he wanted to support Trump and “stop the theft.”

A similar video showed Kevin Seyfried saying he came to Washington to defend Trump, and admitting to telling a police officer in the building, “This affects all of us.” Prosecutors argued that the suspension showed his intent to stop lawmakers’ work.

FBI Special Agent Joseph Lear said investigators did not examine Kevin Seyfried’s social media communications because he deleted them before he and his son turned himself in on Jan. 3. 12, 2021.

U.S. District Court Judge Carl G. Nichols set the sentencing for the father and son on 9/11. 16 and 23, respectively.

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