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Where the January 6 cases related to Central Texas stand 2 years later

Austin (KXAN) — Since protesters stormed the US Capitol two years ago, several suspected Austin attackers have been charged with assault; here are the latest updates on their cases.

Geoffrey Samuel Shaw

Status: Pleaded guilty

According to the US Department of Justice, Shau was the latest arrest related to the January 6 attacks. He was arrested March 1, 2022 in Austin.

The documents say that Shauch pleaded guilty to civil unrest charges and his sentence to prison is a maximum of 5 years with a fine of up to $250,000.

Christopher Ray Grider

Status: convicted by the court

Grider was arrested on January 21, 2021 and charged on January 26, 2021. He was convicted by the court on several charges. Fees included:

  • Destruction of state property
  • Aiding and abetting
  • Entering and being in a building or area with restricted access
  • Violation of public order and violation of order in a building or in a restricted area
  • Obstruction of formal proceedings
  • Hooliganism at the Capitol Building
  • Obstruction of passage through the grounds or buildings of the Capitol
  • An act of physical violence on the grounds or buildings of the Capitol

Zvonimir Josef Yurlina

Status: pending

Two years have passed, and the status of Yurlina is still under consideration. Yurlina was arrested on June 28, 2021.

Yurlina was charged with destruction of property in special maritime and territorial jurisdiction, aiding and abetting, and acts of physical violence on land.

Felipe Antonio “Tony” Martinez

Status: pending

The documents say the Martinez case is pending. Martinez is originally from California but was arrested in Austin on June 10, 2021.

His allegations included the following:

  • Conspiracy to obstruct official proceedings
  • Obstruction of official proceedings, aiding and abetting
  • Forbidden building or area

Samuel Christopher Montoya

Status: Pleaded guilty

Montoya was arrested on April 13, 2021.

The documents say he was initially charged with entering and being in a restricted building, disorderly conduct and disorderly conduct in the Capitol building, obstructing passage through the grounds or buildings of the Capitol, and parade, demonstration or picketing in the Capitol building.

He initially pleaded not guilty to all charges on May 14, 2021, but later pleaded guilty to parading, demonstrating, or picketing at the Capitol Building on November 10, 2022.

According to the plea papers, he faces up to 6 months in prison and 5 years probation, as well as a $5,000 fine.

Andrew Jackson Morgan Jr.

Status: pending

The Morgan case remained unfinished as of the two-year mark. He was arrested on April 6, 2021 and charged on April 21.

Morgan was charged with knowingly entering or being in any building or restricted area without legal authority, forcible entry and disorderly conduct on the Capitol grounds, and obstruction of official proceedings. He pleaded not guilty to all charges on April 27, 2021.

Jason Douglas Owens

Status: Pleaded guilty

Owens was arrested on April 16, 2021. On November 10, 2022, he pleaded guilty to physical contact assault on a federal officer.

His initial allegations included:

  • Attacking, resisting or obstructing certain officials or employees
  • Obstruction of law enforcement during civil unrest
  • Knowingly entering or staying in any building or restricted area without legal permission
  • Knowingly committing an act of physical violence in any building or restricted area
  • Violent entry and hooliganism on the territory of the Capitol

The plea papers state that Owens faces a maximum of 8 years in prison and a $250,000 fine, as well as 3 years of parole.

Jeffrey Shane The Witcher

Status: Sentenced

The Witcher was arrested on February 25, 2021 and charged on March 19, 2021.

He initially pleaded not guilty on April 19, 2021 to:

  • obstruction of official proceedings, as well as aiding and abetting;
  • Entering and staying in a building or area with restricted access;
  • hooliganism and hooliganism in a building or in a restricted area;
  • hooliganism in the Capitol building; and
  • Parade, demonstration or picketing at the Capitol Building

However, he later pleaded guilty to entering and being in a building or restricted area and was sentenced on February 4, 2022 to 12 months probation, 60 hours community service, and $500 in damages.

Richard Franklin Barnard

Status: Sentenced

Barnard was arrested on February 25, 2021 and charged on March 19, 2021.

He was charged on April 19, 2021 and pleaded not guilty to all charges, including the following:

  • Unlawful entry into a closed building or territory
  • Unlawful entry into a closed building or territory
  • Violent entry and hooliganism on the territory of the Capitol
  • Parade, demonstration or picketing at the Capitol Building

He pleaded guilty to parading, demonstrating or picketing at the Capitol Building on October 20, 2021 and was sentenced on February 4, 2022 to 30 days at home and 12 months of probation.

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