Rioter Who Grabbed Pelosi's Lectern Is 'Ashamed'

Adam Johnson sentenced to 75 days over the Jan. 6 riot at the Capitol
By Luke Roney,  Newser Staff
Posted Jan 13, 2021 7:25 PM CST
Updated Feb 25, 2022 10:45 AM CST
Pelosi's Lectern Is Back on the Job
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi stands at her now-famous lectern before signing the article of impeachment against President Donald Trump.   (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

(Newser) Updated: A Capitol rioter photographed with Nancy Pelosi's lectern is going to prison, though not for long. A federal judge on Friday sentenced Adam Johnson of Florida to 75 days in prison, plus a $5,000 fine for his role in the Jan. 6 events, reports NBC News. Johnson told the court he was "ashamed" of his behavior and said he grabbed Pelosi's lectern and started walking with it only because he thought it would make a good photo prop. He added that he understood that had he done this somewhere other than the US, he'd be "on a firing wall instead of a courtroom." Johnson pleaded guilty to unlawfully entering the Capitol. Our story from Jan. 13 follows:

After a harrowing experience during the Jan. 6 assault on the US Capitol by a pro-Trump mob, Nancy Pelosi’s lectern is reportedly back on the job. The lectern—which has been widely seen in photos being carried by accused rioter Adam Johnson, a Florida man who has since been arrested—was wheeled through the Capitol rotunda on Wednesday, Politico reports. It was placed in the Capitol’s Rayburn Room for use during an engrossment ceremony after the House voted to impeach Trump for a record second time, per ABC News. The lectern, which is worth about $1,000, was found the day after Trump supporters occupied the Capitol, according to reports. A Pelosi spokesman tells Politico that it never left the Capitol but was just moved to the Senate side of the building. (Read more insurrection stories.)

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