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Haddonfield Capitol Riot Suspect Patrick Stedman Gets Verdict

WASHINGTON, United States — For his part in the uprising, a Haddonfield man who predicted Capitol Riot would become a national festival could be sent to prison. Patrick Stedman, 35, was found guilty on Friday of obstructing official congressional proceedings, specifically the counting of Electoral College votes for incoming President Joe Biden, according to the US Department of Justice.

Four misdemeanor counts stemming from Stedman’s participation in the Jan. 6, 2021 riot of Trump supporters were also found to be true by the jury. The government says Stedman was on Capitol Hill for nearly 40 minutes. According to a description of the trial posted online, the 12-person jury spent the better part of two days deliberating before reaching their verdict. According to the summary, Stedman testified as the only defense witness on Wednesday and Thursday. He is a relationship and dating coach. Two officers from the Metropolitan Police Department, one from the Capitol Police, and a few FBI and Secret Service agents all testified on behalf of the prosecution.

U.S. District Judge Beryl Howell said Stedman “denies each charge and asserts that he intended to exercise his First Amendment right to peacefully protest in front of the U.S. Capitol building and grounds.” Rocco Cipparone Jr. of Mullica Hill, Stedman’s defense attorney, said in a pretrial interview that he would point out his client’s lack of involvement in any acts of violence, destruction of property or threats. However, the Justice Department filed a criminal complaint against Stedman in January 2021 after he allegedly tweeted: ‘I was pretty much in the first wave, and we kicked down the doors and climbed into the back part of the building of the Capitol and went all the way. in the rooms.

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