Florida man who posed with Pelosi’s podium gets prison sentence : NPR

Adam Johnson of Parrish, Fla.

Pinellas County Sheriff’s Workplace through AP


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Pinellas County Sheriff’s Workplace through AP

A Florida man who grabbed Home Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s podium and posed for images with it throughout the U.S. Capitol riot was sentenced on Friday to greater than two months in jail.

The picture of Adam Johnson smiling and waving as he carried Pelosi’s podium went viral after the pro-Trump mob’s assault on Jan. 6, 2021. Johnson positioned the rostrum within the heart of the Capitol Rotunda, posed for photos and pretended to make a speech, prosecutors stated.

After driving residence, Johnson bragged that he “broke the web” and was “lastly well-known,” prosecutors stated. They argued that his actions on the Capitol “illustrate his sense of entitlement and privilege.”

“The now-viral podium photograph portrays Johnson as assured, arguably gleeful, whereas changing authorities property to his personal use throughout an illegal siege,” a prosecutor wrote in a courtroom submitting.

U.S. District Decide Reggie Walton sentenced Johnson to 75 days in jail adopted by one yr of supervised launch. The decide additionally ordered Johnson to pay a $5,000 superb and carry out 200 hours of group service. Johnson will report back to jail at a date to be decided.

Johnson informed Walton that posing with Pelosi’s podium was a “very silly thought.”

“I bear no sick will towards her or her workplace in any respect,” Johnson stated.

Prosecutors had really helpful a three-month jail sentence

Walton stated America is on a harmful path when many voters consider that they “have a proper to do no matter in an effort to have the one that they need in energy sitting within the White Home.”

“That is what we see in banana republics,” the decide stated. “That is what we see in international locations like we’re experiencing now over in Ukraine. That is the place we’re headed if we do not do one thing to cease it. And I do not know what we do to cease it.”

Prosecutors stated they acquired a tip throughout plea negotiations with Johnson that he meant to publish a memoir. His plea settlement contains an uncommon provision that requires him to relinquish compensation from any ebook, script, music, interview or product bearing his title or likeness, for as much as 5 years.

Prosecutors really helpful sentencing Johnson to a few months’ imprisonment, one yr of supervised launch, a $5,000 superb and 60 hours of group service. Johnson’s attorneys requested the decide to condemn him to 1 yr of probation with credit score for the weekend that he spent in jail after his arrest.

The protection legal professionals stated Johnson did not know that the rostrum belonged to Pelosi when he moved it from a cloak room.

“Arguably, if he latched onto another piece of presidency furnishings for his photograph alternative jail time wouldn’t even be a consideration,” they wrote in a courtroom submitting.

Johnson was arrested two days after the lethal riot. He pleaded responsible in November to a cost of coming into and remaining in a restricted constructing or floor, a misdemeanor punishable by a most of 1 yr in jail.

Johnson was accompanied by a buddy when he flew from Tampa, Florida, to Washington, D.C., to attend then-President Donald Trump’s “Cease the Steal” rally. They ran to the Capitol once they discovered that it had been breached. Johnson, after getting separated from his buddy, climbed scaffolding earlier than he entered the constructing.

He jiggled the door deal with to an workplace that he believed belonged to Pelosi, however it was locked.

“Simply throughout the corridor and solely twelve minutes earlier, a number of of the Speaker’s staffers had barricaded themselves in a distinct workplace, terrified,” a prosecutor wrote.

As Johnson watched rioters attempting to interrupt down the doorways to the Home Chamber, the place frightened lawmakers had been trapped, he shouted {that a} bust of George Washington would make “an amazing battering ram,” prosecutors stated.

“Fortunately, nobody heeded his suggestion,” a prosecutor wrote.

Greater than 200 individuals have pleaded responsible within the assault

Johnson, a stay-at-home father, is married to a medical physician and hasn’t needed to work for the previous 11 years, prosecutors stated. They argued that the couple may afford to rent any person to care for his or her 5 school-age youngsters if he had been jailed.

Johnson and his spouse have acquired dying threats, his legal professionals stated.

“His spouse’s medical observe suffered financially and a few of Adam’s oldest buddies will now not communicate to him or his household,” they wrote.

Greater than 750 individuals have been charged with federal crimes associated to the riot. Greater than 200 of them have pleaded responsible, largely to misdemeanors. No less than 100 riot defendants have been sentenced, and greater than 80 others have trial dates this yr.

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