The person who was captured parading by the US Capitol with a big Accomplice flag through the January 6, 2021 riot, was – alongside along with his son – discovered responsible by a federal choose on Wednesday of obstructing an official continuing, a felony.
Kevin Seefried, along with his spouse, son Hunter and son’s girlfriend, drove from Delaware to attend the “Cease the Steal” rally that day. Kevin and Hunter Seefried adopted the group to the Capitol and helped storm the constructing, climbing in by a damaged window and coming near the Senate chambers whereas inside.
The 2 males have been discovered responsible by Choose Trevor McFadden on 4 misdemeanor prices as properly, together with coming into and remaining in a restricted constructing and disorderly conduct in a restricted space.
Hunter Seefried was acquitted on a number of prices associated to a window prosecutors stated he helped break. McFadden discovered that two different males had damaged the window and Hunter solely eliminated a shard that had fallen earlier than climbing by.
Kevin Seefried was a part of the mob that confronted off with US Capitol Police officer Eugene Goodman, who drew rioters away from the Senate chambers as lawmakers have been fleeing the world.
Goodman, who testified Monday, stated that Seefried used his flagpole as a weapon, jabbing the top of it towards Goodman.
In an interview with the FBI, Kevin Seefried recalled telling Goodman, “You’ll be able to shoot me, man, however we’re coming in.”
Each Hunter and Kevin Seefried, after turning themselves in, advised the FBI they have been improper to go contained in the constructing.
“There’s nothing good about leaping by a window into the Capitol,” Hunter stated, including that it was un-American and he knew it was improper “from the underside of my goddamn coronary heart.”
At one level contained in the Capitol, Kevin says he recalled considering, “That is improper. Man, that is so improper.”
In closing arguments Tuesday, Kevin Seefried’s legal professional Eugene Ohm argued that Kevin wasn’t conscious the electoral votes have been being licensed in Congress that day, so he couldn’t have deliberately tried to hinder the continuing.
Somebody might set “a hearth in the course of the rotunda,” Ohm argued, however until they knew about and supposed to cease the certification they’d not be responsible of intentional obstruction.
Prosecutor Brittany Reed stated, nevertheless, that there was sufficient circumstantial proof to indicate that Kevin and Hunter each knew an official continuing regarding the election was occurring contained in the Capitol that day.
The 2 males walked by the constructing with rioters who have been discussing the votes and attempting to find lawmakers, Reed famous, and each males attended the rally previous the riot, the place audio system – together with then-President Donald Trump – talked about the method occurring contained in the Capitol.