Jury Convicts QAnon Believer Who Thought He Was Storming White House During Capitol Riot

Jury Convicts QAnon Believer Who Thought He Was Storming White House During Capitol Riot

WASHINGTON – A federal jury on Friday convicted a QAnon believer who stalked US Capitol Police officer Eugene Goodman on January 6, 2021, finding the defendant guilty of all charges against him.

Doug Jensen, an Iowa man who was one of the first 10 protesters to enter the Capitol during the uprising, went on trial this week and was found guilty on seven counts, including felony counts of civil disorder and assaulting, resisting, or impeding officers.

Sentencing is scheduled for December 16. Jensen’s wife April cried when the verdicts were read.

Jensen has been in remand since last year. He had been released on a high-intensity pre-trial program, but a judge ordered him to be detained again after he violated the conditions of his release by live-streaming an event hosted by MyPillow CEO Mike Lindell, which promoted theories. of the 2020 election conspiracy.

On January 6, Jensen filmed videos from the base of the Capitol building, where he proclaimed – imprecisely but with tremendous confidence – that he was in the White House. “Invade the White House! That’s what we do!” he said in a video.

The government and Jensen’s defense team made their closing arguments on Friday, before the 10-man and two-woman jury began deliberations in the afternoon.

Prosecutors argued that Jensen “was the troublemaker who would not back down” in his determination to prevent the peaceful transfer of power.

“All the barriers he encountered that day, he was ready to break down,” Assistant US Attorney Hava Arin Levenson Mirell said. He scaled a 20-foot wall to reach the Capitol, inhaled clouds of pepper spray “like it was oxygen” and passed through police lines.

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Goodman, the USCP officer who testified at Jensen’s trial, “had no support” when he faced the protesters, Mirell said. And the crowd, “led by the defendant”, did not leave despite being requested by the authorities.

“This wasn’t a follow-the-leader game,” Mirell said. Jensen was “arming that mob.”

In his closing statement, Jensen’s attorney, Christopher Davis, painted his client as a “confused man” and “lone wolf” who fell in love with the QAnon conspiracy theories. The pandemic “has done very strange things to people” and “apparently, Mr. Jensen was one of them,” he said.

Davis said it took his client about 24 hours to find out he was on Capitol Hill, not the White House, adding that it “shows how muddled and confused his head is.”

He argued that his client didn’t lay a hand on anyone and denied that Jensen took part in some of the chaotic scaffolding scenes as prosecutors claimed.

The government sought to dismiss these defenses in its rebuttal. The law does not require physical contact for a police officer to attack and if Jensen was really confused, he would not have been able to get as close to Vice President Mike Pence during the riot, prosecutors argued. “It doesn’t happen out of confusion,” said Assistant US Attorney Emily Allen.

More than 850 people were arrested and more than 350 convicted in connection with the attack on the Capitol.

This week, the FBI arrested five individuals associated with the far-right movement America First, and a judge also sentenced a former Army reservist and Adolf Hitler enthusiast who stormed the Capitol to four years in prison.

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Zoë Richards contributed.

Source : www.nbcnews.com

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