January 6 suspect who later fired a gun at officers in Texas

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This image from U.S. Capitol Police video, released and annotated by the Justice Department in the statement of facts supporting an arrest warrant for Nathan Donald Pelham, shows Pelham, circled in red, appearing on police body-worn camera footage at the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6, 2021, in Washington. Pelham, a Texas man who shot toward sheriff's deputies making a welfare call to his house on the day he'd agreed to surrender on charges for taking part in the in the U.S. Capitol riot, was sentenced to two years in prison Wednesday, Nov. 29, 2023, after pleading guilty to illegally possessing a firearm. (Justice Department via AP)

DALLAS – A Texas man who shot sheriff’s deputies who were making a welfare call at his home on the day he agreed to surrender to charges for participating in a riot at the U.S. Capitol has been sentenced to life in prison. two years in prison on Wednesday after pleading guilty to illegal possession of a firearm.

What You Need to Know

    • Nathan Donald Pelham, who is accused of being a felon in possession of a firearm, entered the plea in US District Court in Dallas
    • Pelham is accused of setting fire to his rural home on April 12, the day he was told he was charged with four misdemeanors for his alleged involvement in the January 6, 2021, attack.
    • Prosecutors say Pelham agreed to surrender to Capitol riot charges when he was contacted by an FBI agent.
  • He was sentenced to time served in the Capitol riot case last September
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Nathan Donald Pelham, who is accused of being a felon in possession of a firearm, entered the plea in US District Court in Dallas. Pelham is accused of opening fire at his rural home on April 12, the day he was told he was charged with four misdemeanors for his alleged involvement in the January 6, 2021, attack.

Prosecutors say Pelham agreed to surrender to the Capitol riot charges when he was contacted by an FBI agent. Later that day, however, a deputy from the Hunt County Sheriff’s Office was dispatched to the home about 50 miles (81 kilometers) northeast of Dallas in response to a welfare call made by a relative. . A child was removed from the home and deputies began hearing gunshots, according to court records. The Justice Department said no law enforcement officers were injured.

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Investigators said Pelham entered the Capitol wearing goggles and a hat with the Proud Boys logo, but later denied joining the extremist group. He is said to have stayed inside the Capitol for about seven minutes. About two months later, Pelham was stopped while trying to enter Canada and told Border Patrol agents he was at the Capitol on Jan. 6, court records show.