Southern California man admits role in January 6 riot – Orange County Register

A Southern California man pleaded guilty to one federal misdemeanor charge Tuesday, November 8, for taking part in the January 6 riot, court records show.

Derek Sulenta, arrested August 4 in Long Beach, pleaded guilty to parading, demonstrating, or picketing at the Capitol Building. If convicted, Sulenta faces a maximum of six months in prison and a fine of up to $5,000. He is also being asked to pay the Capitol Architect, a federal agency maintaining the building, $500 in compensation to cover damage caused by Jan. 6 rioters, court filings show.

According to an FBI agent affidavit, Sulenta traveled from Los Angeles to Washington DC and entered the Capitol at around 2 p.m. on January 6, 2021. A relative gave authorities a tip after Facebook posts tracked him down during the Capitol attack , which aimed to prevent the certification of the 2020 presidential election. Sulenta wrote “Dude, we’ve breached the main building (sic)” and “Inside the main building. This is wild!” on its Facebook account, it added.

The Facebook account that lists Sulenta’s hometown as Chino Hills does not appear to have been updated publicly since December 2021.

According to court documents, Sulenta is due to be sentenced on February 22. Southern California man admits role in January 6 riot – Orange County Register

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