WASHINGTON – A Florida man was found guilty today of four misdemeanor charges for his actions during the breach of the Capitol on January 6, 2021. His actions and the actions of others disrupted a joint session of the United States Congress convened to verify and count electoral votes related to the presidential election.
Jesus Rivera, 38, of Pensacola, Florida, was convicted of entering and remaining in a building or property with restricted access; disorderly and disruptive conduct in a building or restricted area; disorderly conduct in a capitol building; and marching, demonstrating, or picketing a Capitol building. The bench trial was before U.S. District Judge Colleen Kollar-Kotelly.
According to government evidence, in the early afternoon of January 6, 2021, Rivera illegally walked through a perimeter set up by law enforcement officers and entered the grounds of the Capitol, initially in the area of the northwest lawn. He joined a crowd that rushed towards law enforcement officers trying to secure this area, then moved to the Upper West Terrace area. He encouraged the crowd with shouts of “Go, go.” He also posted videos while on Capitol grounds, including one in which he stated, “My birthday is in three days, but I’ll take it like this.” Today is my f—- birthday! “Rivera joined the rioters outside the door to the Senate wing, as officers struggled to keep the crowds out. He crawled into the building through a broken window. He continued to record videos as he walked through the hallways, including in the crypt.
Rivera eventually left the Capitol after being inside for about 20 minutes. Later, he bragged, “It’s something we can talk to our kids about.”
Rivera was arrested on January 20, 2021 in Pensacola, Florida. A sentencing date has not yet been set. Two of the offenses carry a statutory maximum of one year, and the other two carry a statutory maximum of six months. Charges also carry 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 U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Northern District of Florida.
The case is being investigated by the FBI’s Jacksonville field office and its resident agency in Pensacola. Valuable assistance was provided by the FBI’s field office in Washington, the Metropolitan Police Department and the United States Capitol Police.
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.