St. Charles man pleads guilty to involvement in Jan. 6 Capitol riot

WASHINGTON — A St. Charles County man accused of entering the US Capitol during the Jan. 6, 2021 riots pleaded guilty Wednesday to a misdemeanor charge related to his actions that day.

Jonas Buxton, 25, appeared before the US District Court in Washington, DC via videoconference. He pleaded guilty to one charge of parading, demonstrating, or picketing in the Capitol.

Jonas Buxton. (Images from federal court documents, courtesy of the US Department of Justice)

Buxton was charged last December with additional counts of entering and staying in a restricted building or lot, disorderly and disruptive conduct in a restricted building or lot, and disorderly conduct in the Capitol. Those charges were dropped under an appeal agreement.

According to reports from St. Louis mail delivery and the Kansas City Star, tipsters informed the FBI in late January 2021 of Buxton’s involvement in the riot and that he may have been armed at the time. In February 2021, another tipster told federal investigators that Buxton quit his job in St. Charles and went into hiding after learning people were being arrested and charged with the riot.

Federal prosecutors said the FBI had cellphone records showing Buxton was in the Capitol at the time of the riots. Buxton also appeared on surveillance footage taken from inside the Capitol.

Prosecutors said Buxton traveled from St. Charles to Washington, D.C. on January 4, 2021 to protest Congress’ confirmation of the 2020 presidential election.

Buxton will be sentenced on November 10th. He faces up to six months in prison, five years probation and a $5,000 fine. He has already agreed to pay $500 in damages for damage to the Capitol building. St. Charles man pleads guilty to involvement in Jan. 6 Capitol riot

Sarah Y. Kim

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