First Jan. 6 Defendant Who Breached Senate Acquitted of Obstruction Charge, Found Guilty of Others

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An Alabama man who had reached the Senate floor of the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6, 2021, has become the first Jan. 6 defendant to be acquitted of obstruction of justice, which is a felony charge.

Joshua Matthew Black, 46, was cleared of the charge on Jan. 13 while also being found guilty of other charges, including felonies, following a trial in the U.S. District Court in the District of Columbia.

They include: entering and remaining in a restricted building or grounds with a deadly or dangerous weapon; and disorderly and disruptive conduct in a restricted building or grounds with a deadly or dangerous weapon. The two charges carry a maximum sentence of 10 years.

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