Texas Man Pleads Guilty to Capitol Breach After Traveling to Washington, D.C. With Parents and Siblings

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A member of the Texas family who traveled to Washington, D.C. ahead of Jan. 6 and allegedly stormed the Capitol building has pleaded guilty.

Joshua Munn, 24, admitted in court what he appears to have admitted on social media: he was one of the Donald Trump supporters who participated in the Capitol attack because they were upset about the results of the 2020 presidential election.

“Before you hear it on the news, I am I [sic] family marched on DC today it was extremely cool we did enter the Capitol building,” Munn wrote on Facebook on Jan. 6, adding that he and his family were among the “second group” of rioters who entered the building.

 

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“[T]here was no violence from the protesters at all, believe it or not,” Munn wrote, adding, “it was super cool everything was cool until the cop used tear gas, that is when people got mad but still never hurt anyone.”

In response to a comment on his post asking Munn how he got into the building, he stated that he and his family entered through a broken window.

Munn pleaded guilty to one count of parading, demonstrating, or picketing in a Capitol building during a hearing before Chief U.S. District Judge Beryl Howell on Thursday. The misdemeanor charge carries a potential one-year jail sentence, five years of probation, and a $5,000 fine.

Munn admitted driving to Washington from Borger, Texas, with his mother Dawn Munn, father Tom Munn, and sisters Kayli Munn and Kristi Munn ahead of January 6 to protest Congress’ certification of Joe Biden’s electoral victory.

He attended Trump’s so-called “Stop the Steal” rally and then marched with his family to the Capitol Building. He entered the Senate Wing doors through a broken window and spent about 50 minutes inside, stopping in the Capitol rotunda and crypt before exiting the same way he came in.

Munn stated that he witnessed some altercations between police and Trump supporters who had entered the Capitol.

“From what I could see, someone sprayed a can of something into an officer’s face, and that [escalated] into a kind of scuffle where a few people were detained,” Munn said during his plea agreement hearing on Thursday. “Aside from that, I didn’t see any aggression from either the crowd or the police.”

Munn admitted to exaggerating in his Facebook posts.

“I was still trying to calm myself down, so I made myself bigger,” Munn explained to Howell. “I regret portraying the officers as bad guys in that situation.” They were simply carrying out their duties.”

Munn stated that he had not intended to travel to Washington to participate in the rally and protest, but that when his parents offered to pay for his transportation, he was all in.

“I was using my money to move from Texas to Wisconsin to live with my sister for the time being until I could buy my own house,” Munn explained to Howell. “That’s why I was hesitant to go, so they offered to pay for my portion of the trip.” So I said I’d be delighted to go.”

Munn will also pay $500 in restitution for the damage done to the United States Capitol as part of the plea agreement. Until recently, that figure was estimated to be around $1.5 million, but as Howell pointed out at Thursday’s hearing, officials now believe the damage is closer to $2.7 million.

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Howell, a Barack Obama appointee, scheduled Munn’s sentencing for Aug. 18, after which the remaining charges against him—all misdemeanors—will be dropped.

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