WASHINGTON (AP) — A Florida man who posted a Facebook video of himself during the Jan. 6, 2021, uprising at the U.S. Capitol faces more than two decades in prison following a felony conviction.
A federal judge in the District of Columbia found Bradley Weeks, 44, of Macclenny in North Florida, guilty on Friday of one count of obstructing an official process, as well as four misdemeanors, records show. judicial.
Weeks faces up to 20 years in prison for the crime and up to three years total for the less serious charges. Sentencing will be set at a later date.
According to court documents, Weeks joined others opposing Democrat Joe Biden’s 2020 election victory over then-President Donald Trump. A mob attacked the Capitol on Jan. 6, 2021, in an attempt to block Congress from certifying election results for Biden against Republican Trump, authorities said. Five people died in the violence.
Several people told FBI agents about the video Weeks posted on his Facebook page about his participation in the Capitol insurgency, officials said. In one post, he turned the camera to show his face at the Capitol and detailed what he did.
“We had to break things to get through, but we managed. We passed, and we will retake the Capitol! Weeks says in the video. “We are taking back our country. This is our 1776!
Weeks also gave an interview about the siege to a local newspaper, the Baker County Press. The January 14, 2001, newspaper published a screenshot of Weeks under the headline “Local Man Involved in Capitol Siege,” the FBI said.
Since the riot, nearly 900 people have been arrested in nearly all 50 states on charges related to the breach of the US Capitol, officials said. More than 275 people have been charged with assaulting or obstructing law enforcement.
Macclenny is located west of Jacksonville.