A plea deal hearing for an Indiana man who proudly texted that he and his mother stormed the Capitol building on January 6 and “helped stop the vote counting a bit” ‘ went astray after he refused to acknowledge a key element of the insult.
Antony VoThe 29-year-old is said to have pleaded guilty to one count of marching, protesting or taking a picnic photo in the Capitol building on Friday, a misdemeanor punishable by six months in prison.
Prosecutors say that Vo attended Donald Trump The so-called “Stop Theft” rally before joining the rioting mob eventually overpowered the police and broke into the Capitol building, temporarily blocking Congress’ certification of the Joe Biden’s win the 2020 presidential election.
He has enthusiastically posted photos on social media that reveal details of his time in Washington, DC, including a montage showing him in the crowd outside the Capitol and taking pictures inside the Rotunda with a woman who is said to be his mother.
“My mom and I helped stop the counting of votes for a bit,” he texted someone via social media.
As a United States District Judge Tanya Chutkan After reviewing the elements of Friday’s offense, Vo refused to admit that he knew he was not authorized to be in the Capitol building at the time.
“By the time you entered the Capitol building on January 6, 2021, did you know you weren’t allowed in the building?” Chutkan, one Barack Obama Vo asked.
“I think at first, the problem was, I was at the entrance the longest and I guess I didn’t get much instruction because there were three officers standing there,” Vo said. “[The officers] don’t tell me i can’t get in, [they] never said I couldn’t get in. [They] supported my mother. “
Chutkan paused the hearing, saying she did not know how she could proceed after Vo’s response. The judge ordered Vo to speak privately with his attorney, who defends federal public law Maria Jacob.
“Mr. Võ has the absolute right to have all of his concerns and all of his questions answered,” Chutkan said as they returned.
“This is not an assembly line,” she added.
From the very beginning of the hearing, Vo showed signs that he may not be fully prepared to plead guilty.
While Chutkan discussed with Vo to determine if he understood the potential consequences of pleading guilty, Vo asked Chutkan about the definition of “march”. At that time, Chutkan immediately announced the break so Vo and Jacob could talk privately.
Then, after everyone went back to the profile, Vo mistakenly became Event statementwas used to support an arrest warrant statement, with a Statement of Offense which outlined the actions to which Vo pleaded guilty.
In addition to marching and picnicking on the Capitol, Vo was charged with disorderly conduct and entering and staying in a restricted building or property.
The parties will return to court on April 27.
[Image via FBI court filing.]
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