Jury Convicts QAnon Believer Who Thought He Stormed the White House During the Capitol Riots


WASHINGTON — A federal jury Friday convicted a QAnon believer who pursued U.S. Capitol police officer Eugene Goodman on Jan. 6, 2021, finding the defendant guilty of all charges against him.

Doug Jensen, an Iowa man who was one of the first 10 rioters to enter the Capitol during the uprising, was on trial this week and found guilty on seven counts, including charges of civil disobedience, and assaulting, resisting, or obstructing of officers.

Sentencing is scheduled for December 16. Jensen’s wife, April, wept as the sentences were read.

Jensen has been in pre-trial detention since last year. He had been released in a high-intensity preliminary investigation, but a judge ordered his detention again after he violated the terms of his release by livestreaming an event hosted by MyPillow CEO Mike Lindell, who disseminated conspiracy theories about the 2020 election. has promoted.

On January 6, Jensen filmed videos from the foot of the Capitol, proclaiming—inaccurately, but with enormous confidence—that he was in the White House. Storm the White House! That’s what we do!” he said in one movie.

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Jensen’s government and defense team held their closing arguments on Friday, before the jury of 10 men and two women began deliberating in the afternoon.

Prosecutors argued that Jensen was “the rioter who wouldn’t back down” in his determination to prevent the peaceful transfer of power.

“Any barrier he encountered that day was ready to topple,” said assistant US attorney Hava Arin Levenson Mirell. He climbed a 20-foot wall to reach the Capitol, inhaled clouds of pepper spray “as if it were oxygen” and passed police lines.

Goodman, the USCP officer who testified at Jensen’s trial, had “no backup” when dealing with rioters, Mirell said. And the mob, “led by the defendant,” did not back down despite the authorities asking for it.

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“That wasn’t a ‘follow the leader’ game,” Mirell said. Jensen “armed that mob.”

In his closing statement, Jensen’s attorney Christopher Davis portrayed his client as a “confused man” and “lone wolf” who had fallen for QAnon conspiracy theories. The pandemic “did very strange things to people” and “apparently Mr. Jensen was one of them,” he said.

Davis said it took his client about 24 hours to figure out he was in the Capitol, not the White House, adding that “you show how confused and confused his head is.”

He claimed that his client had not hit anyone and denied that Jensen took part in some of the chaotic scenes on scaffolding, as prosecutors alleged.

The government tried to reject that defense in their rebuttal. The law does not require physical contact for the assault on an officer indictment, and if Jensen was truly confused, he would not have been able to get this close to Vice President Mike Pence during the riot, prosecutors argued. “It doesn’t happen through confusion,” said Assistant US Attorney Emily Allen.

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After Friday’s verdict, Jensen’s attorney spoke to reporters and said, “In my personal opinion, I think Mr. Jensen had a lot of problems, had a lot of problems when all this happened. And it’s just sad.”

Davis described his client as a “typical Midwesterner” and a “manual worker.”

More than 850 people have been arrested and more than 350 convicted in the Capitol attack.

This week, the FBI arrested five individuals associated with the far-right America First movement, and a judge also sentenced a former army reservist and Adolf Hitler enthusiast who stormed the Capitol to four years in prison.

This article was originally published on NBCNews.com


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