WASHINGTON — An Ohio man pleaded guilty today to a felony charge for his actions during the breach of the U.S. Capitol on January 6, 2021. His actions and the actions of others disrupted a joint session of Congress American convened to determine and count the electoral votes related to the presidential election.
John Douglas Wright, 55, of Canton, Ohio, pleaded guilty in the District of Columbia to obstruction of official process. According to court documents, Wright organized two charter buses he owned to travel to Washington on January 6, 2021. About 100 people traveled on the buses, which were then parked at Union Station in Washington. Wright and the group then proceeded to the United States Capitol, where he entered the grounds illegally.
Wright and others pushed against a metal barricade against federal law enforcement agents in an effort to breach perimeter security and advance toward the Capitol. He then paused to catch his breath. About 15 minutes later, the crowd had broken through the eastern barriers and Wright entered the Capitol building. Inside, he walked through the rotunda, took a video, posted a video on Facebook Live, and smoked a cigarette. He then left the building.
In addition to his physical ride, Wright has made numerous statements on social media, including “SET ON NICE BENCH IN ROTUNDA AND HAD A SMOKE”, “YESTDAY WAS A PRACTICE RACE”, and “I THINK WE NEED TO MAKE HOME VISITS”.
Wright was arrested on May 3, 2021 in Canton. He is due to be sentenced on November 28, 2022. He faces a legal maximum of 20 years in prison and possible financial penalties. A federal district court judge will determine any sentence after considering US sentencing guidelines and other statutory factors.
The U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Columbia and the National Security Division of the Department of Justice are pursuing the case, with valuable assistance from the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Northern District of Ohio.
The case is being investigated by the FBI’s field office in Cleveland and its resident agency in Canton. Valuable assistance was provided by the FBI Washington Field Office, the Canton Police Department, Stark County, Ohio, the Sheriff’s Office, the Jackson Township Police Department, Ohio, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, Homeland Security Investigations, United States Capitol Police, and the Metropolitan Police Department.
In the 18 months since Jan. 6, 2021, more than 850 people have been arrested in nearly all 50 states for crimes related to the breach of the U.S. Capitol, including more than 260 people charged with assaulting or obstructing the ‘law application. The investigation is still ongoing. Anyone with tips can call 1-800-CALL-FBI (800-225-5324) or visit tips.fbi.gov.