A Colorado man will spend two weeks in community reform and three years on probation for illegally entering the US Capitol, which obstructed the certification of the 2020 presidential election on Jan.
Glenn Wes Lee Croy of Colorado Springs, Colorado, is the first Colorado to be sentenced in connection with the Capitol riot. Ten Coloradans have been indicted in connection with the January 6 Uprising, during which rioters made their way into the Capitol and Senate chambers, prompting lawmakers to flee and hide.
Croy pleaded guilty in August to a misdemeanor charge of parading, demonstrating, or staging a sit-in at the Capitol Building, a misdemeanor. The charge carries a maximum jail term of six months and a fine of $10,000.
US District Judge Beryl Howell said during a sentencing hearing on Friday that Croy entered the Capitol illegally twice during the rebellion, although he did not damage or injure any property.
“This defendant claims that he caught up in mob fervor, but being a follower does not preclude criminal liability,” Howell said.
Croy apologized for his actions during a hearing in Washington, D.C. In a letter filed in his case, Croy wrote that he chased the crowd at the Capitol “like a lemming.”
“I am guilty of being an idiot and walking into that building and again apologize to America and everyone affected by my role in participating,” Croy wrote.
A memo filed by Croy’s defense attorneys to the judge said that Croy consumed hours of news and livestreams about the 2020 election.
“Mr. Croy was convinced—what he read on the Internet—and heard from the president himself—that the election had been stolen,” the lawyers wrote.
The lawyers wrote, Croy did not plan to enter the Capitol upon arrival in D.C. and did so only after then-President Donald Trump invited rallies to the Capitol.