Robert Snow, Accused of Peeing in the Capitol, Sorry

Robert "Bob" Snow is seen on surveillance video of the Capitol building on January 6

Robert “Bob” Snow is seen in surveillance footage inside the US Capitol on January 6 (via FBI court filings)

An Arkansas man who told federal investigators he urinated on a pole inside the Capitol on January 6 pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor.

Robert “Bob” Snow, 78 years old, was admitted to march, protest or picnic inside the Capitol building. The charge carries a penalty of up to six months in prison and a $5,000 fine.

When investigators interviewed Snow in February 2021, he “voluntarily confirmed his identity” and admitted to being inside the Capitol building on January 6, according to the government complaint.

According to prosecutors, Snow entered the Capitol through the Senate Door at about 2:15 p.m., shortly after the violent mob of Donald Trump Supporters outmaneuvered the police and broke into the building in an attempt to thwart Congressional certification of Joe Biden’s 2020 wins the presidential election.

Snow, who was carrying a cooler while walking around the Capitol, was seen on surveillance footage “waving people into the building and patting people on the back as they entered,” according to court documents judgment. He is also seen in Rotunda and in the hallways of the House Gallery.

Prosecutors say Snow spent more than 30 minutes inside the building.

“Once inside, Snow walked up stairs past several locations including Rotunda and Statuary Hall, then went up another set of stairs to the third floor,” the Statement of Offense stated the conduct that was being carried out. Snow is pleading guilty.

Once inside, the Statement of Offense said, Snow followed instructions from police officers to get on the floor and allow himself to be searched for weapons.

Notably, Snow’s guilty plea does not acknowledge what he apparently told investigators during his second interview in November.

At the time, Snow identified himself on CCTV footage and gave the agents the cooler he had brought with him while at the Capitol. He also told agents that he had obeyed orders from police officers to lie on his stomach on the ground and obey a search warrant.

Snow said that while he left the building shortly before 3 p.m., after being searched by law enforcement and asked to exit, he re-entered shortly after.

“He told the Agents that when he re-entered the Capitol Building, he urinated on a pole inside an area he believed to be a cafe and then exited again,” The statement of fact accompanying the government complaint said.

Thursday’s plea hearing was fairly straightforward, with Snow apparently understanding the elements of the charge and acknowledging that the government should be able to prove those elements in court.

“You entered this confession bc are you really guilty?” United States District Judge Timothy Kelly request.

“Yes, sir,” replied Snow.

Snow was charged with the standard set of misdemeanors on January 6, including disorderly conduct and entering and leaving a restricted building or property. Those charges will be dropped when Snow is convicted.

Snow’s sentence is set for July 7.

Although Judge Kelly said he wanted to hold sentencing hearings in person, Snow’s attorney Christopher Macchiaroli said he plans to file a motion for the hearing to be held remotely, citing his client’s medical and financial concerns.

Kelly, a Trump appointee, said he wanted in-person sentencing hearings, but would consider Macchiaroli’s offer. He also pointed out that if the government were not inclined to require detention, he might be inclined to allow sentencing to be held remotely.

[Images via FBI court filing.]

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