Brooklyn judge’s son pleads guilty to Capitol riot charges
The son of a New York judge who called himself a ‘caveman’ keen to protest Donald Trump’s presidential defeat pleaded guilty on Wednesday to charges of storming the Capitol American during the uprising of January 6, 2021.
WASHINGTON (AP) — The son of a New York judge who called himself a “caveman” eager to protest Donald Trump’s presidential defeat pleaded guilty on Wednesday to charges of taking storming the US Capitol during the January 6, 2021, uprising.
Aaron Mostofsky was seen inside the Capitol wearing a furry suit and a bulletproof police vest that he was accused of stealing during the chaos. He also gave a video interview inside the building, telling the New York Post that he was there “to voice my opinion as a free American that this election was stolen.”
Mostofsky, 35, pleaded guilty to charges of civil disorder, theft of government property, and entering and staying in a building or property with restricted access.
Mostofsky is expected to be sentenced on May 6. He faces 12 to 18 months in prison under federal sentencing guidelines, U.S. District Judge James Boasberg said. Mostofsky also agreed to pay restitution of $2,000.
Mostofsky’s father is Steven Mostofsky, a Brooklyn State Court judge. A message seeking comment was left with a court spokesperson.
Aaron Mostofsky’s unusual attire made him stand out from the crowd of camouflaged, flag-waving rioters. At one point, he was photographed sitting on a bench near the Senate Chamber, holding a baton and the riot shield, which he said he picked up off the floor.
Prosecutors say Mostofsky took a bus from New York to Washington and joined protesters to overwhelm a line of police and storm the Capitol. Along the way, he picked up and put on the body armor, worth $1,905, and the riot shield, worth $265, prosecutors said.
Prior to the protest, Mostofsky sent a message to another protester that he could be found at the protest by looking for “a caveman”, adding: “Even a caveman knows he was robbed”, have prosecutors said. Afterwards, as his photo circulated, he said the image was unfortunate because “now people really know me.”
More than 730 people have been charged with federal crimes related to the Capitol riot. More than 200 of them have pleaded guilty, mostly to offenses carrying a maximum sentence of six months in prison. Mostofsky is one of two dozen rioters to have pleaded guilty to a crime. More than 90 riot defendants have been convicted.
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