February 25, 2024
A screenshot of CNN reveals Josiah Hueso giving an interview throughout the Jan. 6, 2021. Picture by way of @ryanjreilly Twitter

A San Diego man who entered the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6, 2021 and was interviewed on CNN in regards to the storming of the constructing was sentenced Tuesday to 3 years of probation.

In keeping with courtroom paperwork, Josiah Hueso flew to Washington, D.C. on Jan. 5, 2021 to attend a “Cease the Steal” rally by supporters of former President Donald Trump. He marched with others to the Capitol the subsequent day.

Prosecutors say he entered the constructing via a hearth door and went into the workplace of the Senate Parliamentarian.

Courtroom paperwork state that after leaving the Capitol, Hueso spoke with a CNN reporter in a televised interview and mentioned, “an enormous group of us stormed inside and as we began – we have been mainly shouting on the cops. And there have been individuals arguing with them, making an attempt to get them on our facet, mainly.”

Federal prosecutors in Washington, D.C. charged him final yr and he was arrested in Might 2022 in San Diego. Hueso pleaded responsible in Might to a misdemeanor depend of parading, demonstrating or picketing in a capitol constructing.

A prosecution sentencing memorandum signifies the federal government was looking for 21 days in custody for Hueso.

The doc cites social media exercise from Hueso that allegedly indicated he was conscious the conduct was illegal. In response to a different poster who acknowledged that those that stormed the Capitol did nothing unlawful, Hueso wrote, “Strolling into the Capitol was technically unlawful … I agree we did nothing flawed however that doesn’t matter at this level.”

Sentencing papers from Hueso’s protection lawyer state he now “absolutely acknowledges that he was flawed to (go) into the Capitol and he regrets doing so.”

In requesting probation, the doc states Hueso was within the Capitol for lower than 10 minutes, has no prior prison file, and didn’t interact in violence, theft or property destruction, not like another Jan. 6 defendants.

Others from the San Diego space who have been prosecuted for collaborating within the Jan. 6 breach embrace:

  • Carlsbad resident James McGrew, who pleaded responsible to assaulting regulation enforcement officers and was sentenced to 6 years and 6 months in jail;
  • El Cajon resident Erik Herrera, who was convicted by a jury of coming into the Capitol and sentenced to 4 years in jail;
  • Jeffrey Alexander Smith, previously of Coronado, who pleaded responsible to coming into the Capitol and was sentenced to 3 months in jail for collaborating within the breach, and
  • ex-Ocean Seaside resident Philip James Weisbecker, who pleaded responsible to coming into the Capitol and was sentenced to 30 days in custody.

Prices have been filed final month in opposition to Imperial Seaside resident Joshua Kaleb Youngerman, who prosecutors allege used a rope to scale the Capitol constructing and acquire entrance.

Ocean Seaside resident Ashli Babbitt was one in every of 5 individuals who died in reference to the assault. Babbitt was fatally shot by a U.S. Capitol police officer whereas making an attempt to climb via the damaged window of a barricaded door to the Speaker’s Foyer.

– Metropolis Information Service