Prominent Capitol Rioter Found Guilty on 7 Charges

Doug Jensen was one of the first rioters to breach the building
By Josh Gardner,  Newser Staff
Posted Jan 10, 2021 7:00 AM CST
Updated Sep 24, 2022 5:30 AM CDT
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Doug Jensen gestures to Capitol Police in the hallway outside the Senate chamber.   (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)

Update: One of the first rioters to enter the Capitol on Jan. 6, 2021, has been found guilty on seven federal charges, including five felonies. Doug Jensen, who led a group that chased Capitol Police Officer Eugene Goodman up stairs near the Senate chamber, was arrested two days after the riot. During the Iowa man's trial, his attorney said Jensen had fallen down a "rabbit hole" of QAnon conspiracy theories, CNN reports. In a 2021 court filing, Jensen said he " feels deceived, recognizing that he bought into a pack of lies." Prosecutors said Jensen was one of the first ten rioters to breach the building. He is due to be sentenced on Dec. 16. Our story from Jan. 10, 2021 follows:

Another person whose photograph accompanied international headlines about mob violence at the US Capitol has been arrested. Authorities said Saturday that Iowa's Doug Jensen, who sported a QAnon t-shirt and knit cap while joining in Wednesday's invasion, was picked up in Des Moines on five federal charges, per the Des Moines Register. The FBI had widely circulated photos in a bid to identify the 41-year-old, and Jensen reportedly posted photos of himself to social media asking followers if they liked his shirt. Jensen faces five federal charges, including illegally entering the Capitol.

Jensen's arrest follows that of Adam Johnson, of Parrish, Fla., who was booked Friday after authorities say he was identified as the man famously seen carrying House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s lectern and waving to photographers. On Saturday, federal agents also arrested Jacob Anthony Chansley—AKA the QAnon Shaman—who was spotted shirtless at the Capitol sporting an animal fur headdress. Also of note were the recent arrests of newly sworn-in West Virginia lawmaker Derrick Evans and Richard Barnett, who police say was photographed at Pelosi's desk, per the AP. (More Capitol riot stories.)

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