WASHINGTON – A New Mexico man was found guilty today of a misdemeanor charge for his actions during the breach of the U.S. Capitol on January 6, 2021. The breach disrupted a joint session of the U.S. Congress that was in the process of verify and count electoral votes related to the presidential election.
Couy Griffin, 48, of Tularosa, New Mexico, was convicted of entering and remaining in a building or property with restricted access. He was found not guilty on a second misdemeanor charge of disorderly and disruptive conduct in a restricted building or lot. The verdicts were handed down by Judge Trevor N. McFadden following a trial in the United States District Court for the District of Columbia. This was the first trial in a misdemeanor case related to the events of January 6, 2021.
According to government evidence, Griffin was among thousands of people who illegally entered the grounds of the United States Capitol on January 6. , inside the restricted area. He turned to another individual, an associate, and said, “This is our house…we should all be armed. Griffin scaled a metal barricade surrounding the western front and entered the area below the inauguration platform. He then climbed the hidden staircase to the grand opening stage, which was under construction on the lower west terrace. Then he pulled himself up onto the front railing of the opening stage, turned to an associate’s camera, and said, “Can we do it live? Griffin asked, “Are we live?” and addressed his video audience, saying, “It’s a great day for America. People show they’ve had enough. People are ready for fair and legal elections, or that’s what you’ll get and you’ll get more. Griffin spent over an hour perched on the front railing of the inaugural scene, filmed by his associate.
Griffin was arrested on January 19, 2021 in Washington, D.C. He is due for sentencing on June 17, 2022. The charge carries a legal maximum of one year in prison and possible financial penalties. The judge 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 and the Counterterrorism Section of the National Security Division of the Department of Justice. Valuable assistance was provided by the United States Attorney’s Office for the District of New Mexico.
The case is being investigated by the FBI’s Washington and Albuquerque Field offices. Valuable assistance was provided by the Metropolitan Police Department, the United States Capitol Police and the United States Secret Service.
In the 14 months since Jan. 6, more than 775 people have been arrested in nearly all 50 states for crimes related to the breach of the U.S. Capitol, including more than 245 people charged with assaulting or obstructing the ‘law application. The case is still ongoing.
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