Man charged with election interference in connection with Capitol riot

A Virginia man on trial for driving a gun-filled Hummer to Philadelphia to sabotage the 2020 presidential election has been arrested in a separate incident. January 6th Riot at the US Capitol.

Antonio LaMotta was arrested Tuesday in Chesapeake, a city in southeastern Virginia, according to court documents filed in U.S. District Court in Washington.

He faces federal misdemeanors including illegal immigration and disorderly conduct at the US Capitol in January 2021. Lawmakers met that day to tally the Electoral College results, showing that President Joe Biden won the election.

LaMotta, 63, is one of more than 850 people charged with federal crimes for alleged conduct inside the Capitol. But he stands out in a lawsuit already pending against him and another man in Philadelphia.

LaMotta and Joshua Macias, November 2020 I drove to the convention center in Philadelphia where the votes for the presidential election were being counted., the prosecutor argued. The men arrived in Hummers adorned with QAnon stickers and loaded with AR-15 style rifles, over 100 rounds of ammunition and other weapons.

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Prosecutor says Macias and LaMotta planned a mass shooting as the election fell apart, but were thwarted by FBI information about their trip. The man’s trial is scheduled for October. The charges also include election interference.

At last year’s preliminary hearingAttorneys for both men argued that there was no evidence that they interfered or attempted to interfere with election-related activities. He said men seemed to be being punished for their beliefs.

The criminal complaint against LaMotta for the Jan. 6 actions says he was identified from images captured by Capitol surveillance cameras and police body cameras. LaMotta was also identified by his FBI agents who interviewed him after he was arrested in Philadelphia.

“LaMotta entered the Capitol through the east door of the Rotunda at approximately 3:21 p.m.,” the federal complaint states. “He was part of a riot group that pushed aside police officers who were working to bar the building from entry. rice field.”

More than 350 defendants in the Capitol riots have pleaded guilty, mostly to misdemeanors. Those convicted of misdemeanors have received sentences ranging from suspended sentences to his eight-month prison sentence.

Federal court documents related to the Capitol riot case did not list LaMotta’s attorney. Lauren Wimmer, an attorney for his case in Philadelphia, did not immediately respond to an email seeking comment.


Associated Press writer Alanna Durkin Richer contributed to this report.