North Carolina man pleads guilty to storming the Capitol to disrupt Congress – WSOC TV
WASHINGTON — A North Carolina man has pleaded guilty to charges of storming the United States Capitol last year to prevent Congress from certifying the Electoral College vote, court documents show.
Matthew Mark Wood pleaded guilty Friday to all six counts in his March 2021 indictment, including a felony charge of obstructing an official process. The other five counts are all misdemeanors.
US District Judge Amit Mehta is due to sentence Wood on September 23.
A day before the riot, Wood drove from North Carolina to Washington, DC, with his grandmother and another relative. Less than a week earlier, Wood had texted another person saying, “If they want to raid Congress, sign me up,” according to a court filing accompanying his guilty plea.
After the riot broke out, Wood entered the Capitol by climbing through a window. He followed others on a path to the Senate chamber but left the area without entering it.
After rioters broke through a line of police in the Capitol’s crypt, Wood followed others down a flight of stairs and into the Speaker’s Office suite. He left the Capitol through a gate more than an hour after entering the building, according to the record.
In a text message to someone the day after the riot, Wood said he “took a stand” but called it “extremely inappropriate”.
“I can’t believe I took part in such chaos,” he added.
The riot disrupted the joint session of Congress to certify President Joe Biden’s 2020 election victory.
Wood was arrested in Winston Salem, North Carolina last year.
In a separate hearing on Friday, a Maryland man pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor charge stemming from the Capitol riot. Matthew Joseph Buckler is set to be sentenced on July 21 after pleading guilty to marching, demonstrating or picketing a Capitol building. Buckler, of La Plata, Maryland, entered the Capitol Jan. 6 by climbing through a broken window.
More than 800 people have been charged with federal crimes related to the Jan. 6 riot. At least 300 of them have pleaded guilty, mostly to misdemeanors, and nearly 200 of them have been sentenced. About 100 more have trial dates.
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