WASHINGTON – A Texas man was sentenced today to a year and a day in prison for felony charges for his actions during the breach of the U.S. Capitol on January 6, 2021. His 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.
Nolan B. Cooke, 24, of Savoy, Texas, was convicted in the District of Columbia.
According to court documents, Cooke joined the front lines of the riot on January 6 and helped lead the charge by crossing the police line. He wore a camera around his neck and recorded videos during the day. While on the restricted grounds, Cooke was among a crowd of individuals pushing their way through a group of United States Capitol Police officers, who were providing Capitol security from the side. east of the building. While in the crowd, he shouted statements such as “There’s a storm coming”, “We’re going through” and “There’s nothing holding us back”.
Cooke eventually climbed the Capitol steps and encountered other officers guarding the entrance. He made physical contact with one or more of these officers as he tried to push his way through the crowd. When he reached the door of the Capitol building, he knocked on a window with a pole displaying the American flag. He encouraged others to “break the glass”. Although the government has no evidence that Cooke entered the building, he did or attempted to do anything to obstruct, obstruct or interfere with one or more law enforcement officers in the performance of their duties.
Cooke was arrested on January 21, 2021 in Sherman, Texas. He pleaded guilty on March 9, 2022 in the District of Columbia to a civil disorder charge. After his prison sentence, Cooke will be placed on three years of probation. He must also pay $2,000 in restitution.
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 U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of Texas.
The case is being investigated by FBI field offices in Dallas and Washington. Valuable assistance was provided by the United States Capitol Police.
In the 17 months since Jan. 6, 2021, more than 840 people have been arrested in nearly all 50 states for crimes related to the breach of the U.S. Capitol, including more than 250 people charged with assaulting or impeding 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.