announced Wednesday that they had reached a plea agreement with Josiah Colt, a 34-year-old rioter from Ohio
who breached the United States Capitol
and rappelled into the Senate
chamber during the deadly Jan. 6 insurgency.
Colt pleaded guilty to felony obstruction of an official proceeding and agreed to cooperate with the government on other investigations as part of his plea deal
Colt's sentence will be announced at a later date, according to U.S. District Court Judge
Thomas F. Hogan, who read him his rights and stated that federal guidelines call for a sentence ranging from 51 to 63 months, with a maximum sentence of 20 years in prison
Paul Hodgkins, a rioter who stormed the Senate chamber waving a Trump flag, pleaded guilty to felony obstruction of an official proceeding in June.
Colt was one of hundreds of rioters who overpowered police
and stormed the Capitol in an attempt to prevent lawmakers from certifying Donald Trump
's election loss to Joe Biden
Colt boasted about breaching the Capitol and incorrectly claimed he sat in a seat traditionally reserved for House
Speaker Nancy Pelosi
(D-Calif.). Pelosi's reserved seat is in the House chamber, not the Senate chamber that Colt and other pro-Trump rioters breached.
Colt yelled from the Senate floor, "Trump won that election!" at one point.
They're in the chamber, and one of them is on the dais, yelling, "Trump won that election!" This is insane pic.twitter.com/p6CXhBDSFT — Igor Bobic (@igorbobic) January 6
In another video taken during the rioters' march to the Capitol on January 6, Colt agreed with a pro-Trump insurgent who said, "Freedom is paid for in blood."
Colt stated, "If violence occurs, it occurs."
One day after the violent riot, as Colt's image spread online, he issued a statement
apologizing for his involvement and claiming he had simply been "caught up in the moment." Soon after, Colt issued a video apology
, as public calls for the rioters to face justice grew.
Hundreds of people
have been arrested in connection with the anti-democratic insurgency aimed at overturning the results of the 2020 election
, with hundreds more expected to be arrested. Anna Morgan-Lloyd
, 44, became the first rioter sentenced in connection with the attack