Florida man who posed with Pelosi’s podium will get jail sentence : NPR


Adam Johnson of Parrish, Fla.

Pinellas County Sheriff’s Workplace by way of AP

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Pinellas County Sheriff’s Workplace by way of AP

A Florida man who grabbed Home Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s podium and posed for images with it through 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 house, 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 picture portrays Johnson as assured, arguably gleeful, whereas changing authorities property to his personal use throughout an illegal siege,” a prosecutor wrote in a court docket submitting.

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

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

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

Prosecutors had advisable 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 with the intention to have the one who they need in energy sitting within the White Home.”

“That is what we see in banana republics,” the choose stated. “That is what we see in nations 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 consists of an uncommon provision that requires him to relinquish compensation from any ebook, script, track, interview or product bearing his title or likeness, for as much as 5 years.

Prosecutors advisable sentencing Johnson to 3 months’ imprisonment, one yr of supervised launch, a $5,000 high-quality and 60 hours of group service. Johnson’s attorneys requested the choose to condemn him to at least one yr of probation with credit score for the weekend that he spent in jail after his arrest.

The protection attorneys 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 picture alternative jail time wouldn’t even be a consideration,” they wrote in a court docket 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 pal 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 realized that it had been breached. Johnson, after getting separated from his pal, 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 special workplace, terrified,” a prosecutor wrote.

As Johnson watched rioters making an attempt 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 awesome 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 might afford to rent someone to care for his or her 5 school-age kids if he had been jailed.

Johnson and his spouse have acquired loss of life threats, his attorneys stated.

“His spouse’s medical apply suffered financially and a few of Adam’s oldest mates 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. Not less than 100 riot defendants have been sentenced, and greater than 80 others have trial dates this yr.


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