Jason Hyland pleads guilty to violating the Capitol on January 6

Jason Lee Hyland outside the private jet he is believed to have arrived in Washington on January 6; Hyland in the Capitol building on January 6

through FBI court documents

A Texas man who flew with friends on a private jet to Washington and broke into the Capitol on January 6 has pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor.

Jason Lee Hyland, who was previously reported to be a real estate agent but said in court on Monday that he works in construction, admitting on Monday that he had boarded a private jet from Texas went to DC on January 5 with a group of friends. The next day, as planned, the whole group attended Donald Trump the so-called “Stop Theft” rally, and initially joined the group of Trump supporters walking down Pennsylvania Avenue toward the Capitol building.

It could end there, as Hyland admits that the group was already back at the hotel at the time. However, after witnessing what was happening on Capitol Hill — specifically, Trump supporters were rallying into a crowd that would eventually outrun the police and temporarily prevent Congress from certifying Joe Biden’s win the 2020 presidential election — Hyland and team leave the hotel.

They headed towards the building, which had been broken into at the time of their arrival. Hyland and his accomplices, Katie Schwab and Jenna Ryanentered the building and stayed there for about a minute and a half.

Hyland admitted that while inside, he recorded himself declaring that he was a taxpayer and, therefore, a prosecutor. Karen Rochelin describes it, he feels that “in a sense an owner of the Capitol grounds.”

After leaving the Capitol, Hyland and his friends returned to their hotel, creating more videos that included comments on their experience. He flew home the next day on the same private jet that took him to Washington.

He pleaded guilty to one count of marching, demonstrating or taking pictures in the Capitol building, a misdemeanor punishable by up to six months in prison.

Jenna Ryan, who memorably said she won’t go to jail because she has “blonde hair, white skin, a great job, a great future,” was part of the Hyland group that landed the jet. force to Washington and break into the door of the Capitol.

Ryan pleaded guilty in January with the same parade and picnic fees as Hyland.

United States District Judge Christopher Cooper sentenced her to 60 days in prison, which she completed in February. Before surrendering herself, she said she envisioned Prison is a place where she can “work out a lot, do yoga and detox” and says losing 30 pounds will make her time behind bars “well worth it”.

After her release, she said above Twitter that she didn’t “lose a lot” in the end weight,” and that she spent time watching TV and eating bologna sandwiches. In her In the Substack newsletter, she said that she was “going through torture” and “being kept in the COVID Quarantine, so it was considered a tough time.”

It is too early to predict whether Hyland will receive the same sentence as Ryan. Prosecutors in similar cases involving marching and picnic fees have asked for a so-called “separation sentence,” which includes a term of detention as well as probation. However, the judges in the DC district so far disagree about whether the law allows them to make such judgments. Cooper, one Barack Obama appointee, has not yet reached a verdict on the matter, although some of his colleagues have, and have, reached opposite conclude.

Cooper set the sentence for Hyland on August 2.

[Images via FBI court filings.]

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