‘Bob’s Burgers’ star pleads guilty to interfering with police during Jan. 6 riots

Jay Johnston, star Burger Bob And Newscaster: The Legend of Ron BurgundyAn American businessman has pleaded guilty to a criminal charge related to his involvement in the attack on the US Capitol on January 6, 2021.

On Monday, July 8, the 55-year-old actor pleaded guilty to causing a civil disturbance for obstructing police as they tried to protect the U.S. Capitol during the 2021 riots. He will be sentenced on October 7 and faces a maximum sentence of five years in prison, the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Columbia said in a statement. press release.

Johnston’s guilty plea comes after he was arrested and charged on June 7, 2023, with several other misdemeanors also related to the riot, including unlawful trespass and attempting to disrupt government business, according to Federal Memorandum Previously acquired by PEOPLE.

On Jan. 6, 2021, Johnston joined a crowd of rioters on the Lower West Plaza of the U.S. Capitol near an area known as “the tunnel,” according to court documents, according to the attorney’s office.

Jay Johnston.

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At approximately 2:40 p.m. local time, Johnston marched toward the U.S. Capitol building with the mob, where “rioters removed barricades, and police were forced to retreat” and headed to the Lower West Terrace and then to the Inauguration Theater.

According to the attorney’s office, at approximately 3:03 p.m., Johnston made his way through the dense crowd until he reached the entrance to the tunnel. He then “turned to face the crowd … and made a series of hand signals, including slamming his fists together and pointing” before “making his way into the tunnel toward the police line.”

Johnston was then handed a “stolen U.S. Capitol Riot Police shield from a rioter” and joined the mob in creating a “shield wall” as they pushed against the police line.

Jay Johnston was among the crowd of rioters at the U.S. Capitol on January 6, 2021.
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By 3:10 p.m., “other rioters who were leaving pushed him toward the tunnel entrance,” though he did not leave. Instead, he “pushed police into the tunnel.” This caused an officer to be “crush between the crowd and the door,” according to the statement. At 3:13 p.m., Johnston emerged from the tunnel.

Johnston is a longtime actor and two-time Emmy-nominated comedy writer. The Chicago native voiced Jimmy Pesto Sr. in Burger Bob He starred in several other shows, including: development halt, Best Saul on CallAnd Parks and Recreation.

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It was reported in late 2021 that Burger Bob The crew had “banned” Johnston from returning to the show after his alleged role in the attack on the US Capitol, which left five people dead.

In March 2021, the FBI announced I tweeted Johnston’s photos ask the public to help identify him and other rioters.

According to the federal search warrant, the FBI discovered evidence that Johnston booked a round-trip flight from Los Angeles to Washington, D.C., during the week of the riot, arriving at the Capitol on January 4 and departing on January 7.

Johnston was also allegedly seen in footage entering the west tunnel of the U.S. Capitol building “to assist[ing] “He killed at least three rioters” before “making his way toward the police line and helping other rioters hand over U.S. Capitol Police shields.”

More than 1,000 people have been charged with federal crimes for their alleged roles in the 2021 Capitol riot, with many receiving prison sentences ranging from one week to 18 years, according to News agency.

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