Vic Williams, Coffee Fan, On Probation January 6th

Vic "Rigid" Williams at the Capitol on January 6

Vic Williams in a photo he posted on social media (L) and on surveillance video (R) at the Capitol on January 6 (via court/FBI records).

A Texas man and coffee roasting company owner who provided FBI agents with bags of coffee beans after they interviewed him about his involvement in the 6th Capitol attack /1 was sentenced to probation after pleading guilty to misdemeanors.

Vic Williams49 years old, posted most of her journey into the Capitol on Facebook on January 6, when Donald Trump Supporters broke through the police line to surround the building and prevent Congress from certifying Joe Bidenwon the 2020 presidential election.

Like many who stormed the Capitol that day, Williams seemed to have fulfilled that decision.

“I said I wouldn’t go in then and I couldn’t help myself,” he wrote in a post that appeared to have been made from among the crowd outside the Senate Door, according to the FBI complaint. .

“WE are America!” he wrote in a post that featured a selfie from another angle outside the Capitol building.

He also sent private messages telling people “I’m inside,” “Inside the Capitol,” and “I’ve entered the Capitol.”

Williams pleaded guilty in October to one count of marching, protesting or photographing a picnic in the Capitol building, a misdemeanor punishable by up to six months in prison and a $5,000 fine.

Prosecutors recommended 14 days of detention, followed by three years of probation, 60 hours of community service, and $500 in restitution. Williams requires 12 months of unsupervised probation.

On Monday, US District Judge Rudolph Contreras sentenced Williams to one year of probation, including a period of two months in solitary confinement at home.

At the hearing, prosecutors reminded Contreras that Williams lied to the FBI when he interviewed them by telling them he only went to the door of the Capitol, not inside, as he actually did. the done.

Williams told Contreras, a Barack Obama appointee, that when the FBI asked him that question, he was confused and overwhelmed by the situation.

“I don’t want to lie to the FBI, but I certainly don’t want to admit I went into the building,” Williams said. “I was scared to death.”

Prosecutors also say Williams deleted evidence of his participation in the siege of the Capitals, including a 17-minute Facebook Live video in which Williams detailed what he saw and did at the Capitol that day.

Williams’ attorney, Chip Lewis, which implies that the removal of the video is not necessarily meant to destroy evidence but rather to realize the gravity of what happened. Williams said many of his January 6 clients delete photos or videos after “realizing very soon after the despicable events of January 6” that they “want nothing to do with it”.

Williams said his wife, who knew more about Capitol violence than Williams claimed at the time, deleted at least some of the videos and photos from his phone.

Before sentencing, Contreras commented on the more than 50 pages of letters of support that Williams filed with his sentencing memo.

“Everybody says you’re the best thing since sliced ​​bread,” Contreras told Williams.

Contreras noted that in addition to Williams’ “charities,” including a foundation that supports children and schools in villages in Kenya and elsewhere, Williams also has a coffee company that “provides quality coffee.” high quality for members of the armed services”.

Of course, prosecutors knew this, as Williams did provide FBI investigators with bags of coffee to agents when they interviewed him in February. In the FBI affidavit, an agent described Williams as the owner of a “roasting company” who “at the end of the interview, gave two bags of coffee to the interviewing agents.”

Despite the home prison sentence, Contreras said Williams could go to work with the approval of the probation department overseeing his sentence.

Contreras said in addition to house arrest and probation, Williams must complete 60 hours of community service within six months. Contreras also asked Williams to pay $1,400 in addition to the $500 settlement.

“Good luck,” Contreras said at the end of the hearing. “I hope this is just a blip in a commendably good life.”

[Images via FBI court filings.]

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