WASHINGTON – Kevin Seefried, 53, and his son, Hunter Seefried, 24, both of Laurel, Delaware, were found guilty today of felony and misdemeanor charges for their actions during the breach of the Capitol on January 6, 2021. Their actions and those of others disrupted a joint session of the United States Congress convened to verify and count electoral votes related to the presidential election.
Kevin and Hunter Seefried were both convicted of the criminal offense of obstructing official process and four misdemeanors, including entering and staying in a restricted building or land; disorderly and disruptive conduct in a capitol building; disorderly conduct in a capitol building and marching, demonstrating or picketing in a capitol building. The verdict follows a trial in the District of Columbia before U.S. District Court Judge Trevor N. McFadden. Judge McFadden acquitted Hunter Seefried of three other related charges.
According to government evidence, Kevin and Hunter Seefried attended a rally near the Ellipse on January 6, 2021, and then proceeded to the US Capitol. They illegally entered the grounds of the Capitol and joined a mob of rioters climbing the steps of the building. People close to Hunter and Kevin Seefried smashed windows with a police shield and a wooden two-by-four, and Hunter Seefried removed a large piece of glass from one of those windows to clear the way.
After the glass was shattered, the Seefrieds and many others entered the building beginning around 2:13 p.m. The Seefrieds were among the first people to enter the Capitol on January 6.
Kevin Seefried was photographed inside the building holding a Confederate flag. While in the building, the two defendants were part of a larger group of individuals who pursued U.S. Capitol Police Officer Eugene Goodman and verbally confronted several U.S. Capitol Police officers near from the entrance to the Senate chambers.
Kevin and Hunter Seefried were arrested on January 14, 2021 in Delaware.
Kevin Seefried is due September 16, 2022. Hunter Seefried is due September 23, 2022. The felony charge carries a statutory maximum of 20 years in prison and possible financial penalties. All four offenses carry a combined statutory maximum of three years in prison and potential financial penalties. The Court will determine any sentence after considering US sentencing guidelines and other statutory factors.
The case is being prosecuted by the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Columbia. Valuable assistance was provided by the US Attorney’s Office for the District of Delaware.
The case is being investigated by the FBI Field Office in Baltimore and the FBI Field Office in Washington, who listed Hunter Seefried as No. 18 and No. 31 in their fact finding photos. and Kevin Seefried as No. 30. Valuable assistance was provided by the US Capitol Police and the Metropolitan Police Department.
In the 17 months since January 6, 2021, more than 840 people have been arrested in nearly all 50 states for crimes related to the breach of the US Capitol, including more than 250 people charged with assaulting or impeding law enforcement. The investigation is still ongoing.
Anyone with tips can call 1-800-CALL-FBI (800-225-5324) or visit tips.fbi.gov.