A Colorado man was sentenced Tuesday to 45 days in prison, three years of probation, $2,500 fine and $500 restitution after he pleaded guilty to parading, demonstrating, or picketing in a Capitol building during the Jan. 6 riot at the U.S. Capitol.
Daniel Michael Morrissey , who was arrested in Denver on Nov. 4, 2021, on charges of knowingly entering or remaining in any restricted building or grounds without lawful authority; knowingly engaging in disorderly or disruptive conduct in any restricted buildings or grounds; and violent entry and disorderly conduct on capitol grounds, according to a criminal complaint filed in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia.
He pleaded guilty to the parading, demonstrating, or picketing charge in Feb. 2022 and the other charges were dismissed.
On Jan. 18, 2021, a confidential witness reported to the FBI tip line that he worked with Morrissey and had seen photos Morrissey had taken during the Jan. 6 riot from within the U.S. Capitol.
Another witness showed investigators text messages and photos Morrissey sent him on Jan. 6 in which Morrissey described the events of the riot.
Morrissey also sent the witness a selfie of himself with a crowd inside the U.S. Capitol. Investigators then used CCTV footage to find Morrissey in the crowd at the Capitol.
Morrissey is one of over a dozen Coloradans charged in the U.S. Capitol riot, including an Olympic medalist from Colorado Springs, a geophysicist who claimed to be a “patriot warrior” answering the “call to battle” and a man with apparent ties to the Three Percenters anti-government militia movement.
More than 860 defendants have been arrested in nearly all 50 states and the District of Columbia, according to an update from the U.S Attorney’s Office for the District of Columbia, and approximately 264 defendants have been charged with assaulting, resisting or impeding officers or employees.
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