One Las Vegas resident, 51-year-old Mario Gonzalez, was arrested and charged with a felony count of obstruction of law enforcement during the ordeal.
According to reports, Gonzalez allegedly sprayed a fire extinguisher in the direction of law enforcement officials during the ordeal. He’s also being charged with resisting or impeding police officers and assaulting the police, which are both felony offenses. On top of those charges, he’s facing misdemeanor counts of knowingly entering in a restricted building, disorderly conduct on Capitol grounds, and disorderly conduct in a restricted building.
According to federal prosecutors, Gonzalez’s behavior, alongside the behavior of others around the building that day, impeded Congress from doing their jobs. They also allege that Gonzalez’s actions prevented Congress from properly counting the electoral votes related to the 2020 election. In response, the FBI showed up in Las Vegas on Monday in 2024 to arrest Gonzalez.
Reports suggest that at least seven other people in Nevada have been arrested or convicted in connection to the events on January 6th, 2021. Overall, at least 1,265 Americans have been charged with crimes as a result of their actions that day.
Federal prosecutors allege that Gonzalez and the other residents of Nevada all purposely traveled to Washington D.C. to illegally assemble. Investigators were able to track down some of the individuals, like Gonzalez, due to selfies and video recordings taken at the Capitol that day.
It’s safe to say that very few people who convened at the U.S. Capitol building on January 6, 2021 had plans of becoming violent, committing felonies, or even entering the premises illegally. Despite that, as tensions flared and things became chaotic, a number of citizens found themselves caught up in the ordeal. Some individuals didn’t even know that they were not supposed to be in the U.S. Capitol as they were simply following the crowd.
Among those arrested for the events on January 6, about 467 have currently been sentenced to jail time. 154 have been sentenced to house arrest.
Some individuals have been charged with more substantial crimes than others. Unfortunately, federal prosecutors are coming after individuals very heavily, so if you get charged with a crime related to the events of that day, then you’ll want to hire the very best legal representation possible.
The right lawyer might be able to secure a good deal for you where you don’t have to serve prison time.
Sometimes, when there is substantial evidence against you, like video footage of you committing the crime, it makes more sense to agree to a deal with a reduced sentence.
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