A Colorado Springs man pleaded guilty Monday to his role in the Jan. 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol.
Glenn Wes Lee Croy pleaded guilty to parading, demonstrating or picketing inside the Capitol. He faces a maximum sentence of up to six months in prison, and has been ordered to pay $500 in restitution for damages done to the Capitol.
Croy had faced several charges in Washington federal district court:
- Entering and remaining in a restricted building or grounds
- Disorderly and disruptive conduct in a restricted building or grounds
- Disorderly conduct in a Capitol building
- Parading, demonstrating or picketing in a Capitol building
Croy reportedly bragged on social media that he had been at the Capitol on Jan. 6, and sent someone a photo of himself as proof. The person sent the photo to the FBI, according to court documents.
The photo shows Croy and another man — identified as Terry Lynn Lindsey — appearing to pose with a bust of Abraham Lincoln, which court documents say is located around the Small House Rotunda in the Capitol's south wing.
Lindsey faces the same charges as Croy and has a status conference set for Aug. 19, according to court records.
In Monday's hearing, Chief Judge Beryl Howell pushed back on Croy's claims he didn't know he couldn't be on the Capitol steps, according to tweets by Washington NBC4 reporter Scott MacFarlane. She pointed out the case's statement of offense mentions Croy was on the steps for an hour.
According to MacFarlane's reporting, Howell has asked the Justice Department to explain in the coming weeks its reasoning for accepting the misdemeanor plea deal with Croy, which has been called a "cooperation agreement."
Howell also criticized small restitution amounts for defendants in the attack. According to Croy's plea agreement, the riot caused about $1.5 million in damage to the Capitol itself. But Howell said the riot has cost taxpayers half a billion dollars.
BOOM: Judge just criticizes small-level restitution expenses for Jan 6 defendants. "Why is it limited to $1.5 million in damage to Capitol itself, when the cost of the riot to the taxpayers is HALF A BILLION?Including Natl Guard costsJudge likely speaks for many taxpayers— Scott MacFarlane (@MacFarlaneNews) August 9, 2021
Howell set a tentative sentencing date in Croy's case for Oct. 15 at noon.
She has allowed Croy to remain free until sentencing, but warned him that conviction of any new offenses committed while he is out on release could lead to an additional sentence of up to a year.
Croy is among several Coloradans charged in connection with the Capitol attack. Rioters interrupted the certification of Joe Biden as the president-elect and sent lawmakers scrambling for cover, fearing for their safety. The riot led to several deaths, including Capitol police officer Brian Sicknick.
Gazette reporter O'Dell Isaac contributed to this report.
This story has been updated to reflect the amount of restitution Croy has been ordered to pay.