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Idaho man pleads guilty to taking part in U.S. Capitol siege

Josiah Colt
Posted at 3:22 PM, Jul 14, 2021
and last updated 2021-07-14 19:24:06-04

BOISE, Idaho — An Idaho man has pleaded guilty to a felony for his role in the Jan. 6 insurrection at the U.S. Capitol by loyalists of then-President Donald Trump.

In the plea hearing Wednesday, Josiah Colt admitted that he brought weapons and other tactical equipment to Washington, D.C., before the siege on the Capitol and that he obstructed an official proceeding — the charge to which he pled guilty — by disrupting Congress as lawmakers prepared to certify the vote electing President Joe Biden.

In exchange for Colt’s plea and future cooperation in other cases, prosecutors agreed to drop three other felony charges against Colt. He hasn't been sentenced yet, but the felony charge could land him 20 years in prison.

Colt will likely face a much shorter sentence, however, as the judge established a sentencing range of 51 to 63 months. He becomes the 16th defendant of the more than 500 arrested to plead guilty for involvement in the insurrection.