WASHINGTON — A federal jury on Friday convicted a QAnon believer who chased down U.S. Capitol Police Officer Eugene Goodman on Jan. 6, 2021, discovering the defendant responsible on all fees in opposition to him.
Doug Jensen, an Iowa man who was one of many first 10 rioters to enter the Capitol through the revolt, went on trial this week and was discovered responsible on seven counts, together with felony fees of civil dysfunction, and assaulting, resisting or impeding officers.
Sentencing is scheduled for Dec. 16. Jensen’s spouse, April, cried because the verdicts had been learn.
Jensen has been in pretrial custody since final 12 months. He had been launched in a high-intensity pretrial program, however a decide ordered him detained once more after he violated the situations of his launch by live-streaming an occasion hosted MyPillow CEO Mike Lindell, who has promoted conspiracy theories concerning the 2020 election.
On Jan. 6, Jensen filmed movies from the bottom of the Capitol constructing, the place he proclaimed — inaccurately, however with large confidence — that he was on the White Home. “Storm the White Home! That’s what we do!” he said in a single video.
The federal government and Jensen’s protection group made their closing arguments Friday, earlier than the jury of 10 males and two ladies started deliberating within the afternoon.
Prosecutors argued that Jensen “was the rioter who wouldn’t again down” in his willpower to the stop the peaceable switch of energy.
“Each barrier he encountered that day, he was able to topple,” Assistant U.S. Lawyer Hava Arin Levenson Mirell mentioned. He scaled a 20-foot wall to achieve the Capitol, inhaled clouds of pepper spray “prefer it was oxygen,” and handed via police traces.
Goodman, the USCP officer who testified at Jensen’s trial, had “no back-up” when he confronted off with rioters, Mirell mentioned. And the mob, “led by the defendant,” didn’t withdraw regardless of being requested to by authorities.
“That was not a recreation of comply with the chief,” Mirell mentioned. Jensen was “weaponizing that mob.”
In his closing assertion, Jensen’s lawyer, Christopher Davis, painted his consumer as a “confused man” and “lone wolf” who had fallen for QAnon conspiracy theories. The pandemic “did very unusual issues to individuals” and “apparently, Mr. Jensen was one among them,” he mentioned.
Davis mentioned it took his consumer roughly 24 hours to determine that he was on the Capitol, not the White Home, including, that “reveals you ways confused and the way jumbled his head is.”
He argued that his consumer didn’t lay a hand on anybody and denied that Jensen took half in a few of the chaotic scenes on scaffolding as prosecutors have alleged.
The federal government sought to dismiss these defenses of their rebuttal. The legislation doesn’t require bodily contact for the assault of an officer cost and if Jensen actually was confused, he would not have been in a position to come so near Vice President Mike Pence through the riot, prosecutors argued. “That doesn’t occur by confusion,” Assistant U.S. Lawyer Emily Allen mentioned.
After Friday’s verdict, Jensen’s lawyer spoke to reporters and mentioned, “In my private opinion, I believe Mr. Jensen had lots of points, had lots of issues again when all this occurred. And it’s simply unhappy.”
Davis described his consumer as a “typical Midwesterner,” and a “blue collar employee.”
Greater than 850 individuals have been arrested and greater than 350 convicted in reference to the Capitol assault.
This week, the FBI arrested 5 people related to the far-right America First motion, and a decide additionally sentenced a former Military reservist and Adolf Hitler fanatic who stormed the Capitol to 4 years in jail.
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