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North Carolina man involved in US Capitol riot sentenced to prison

By meerna Jul11,2024
North Carolina man involved in US Capitol riot sentenced to prison

A 36-year-old man from the North Carolina mountains was sentenced to prison Tuesday for “with great effort” attacking police during the riot at the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6, 2021, prosecutors said.

Brevard resident Alan Michael St. Onge was sentenced to 1.5 years in prison during a hearing in federal court in Washington, D.C., according to a news release from the U.S. Department of Justice.

As previously reported by the Observer, on January 31, St. Onge pleaded guilty to two charges of public order offences.

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He had a stolen police shield

Prosecutors said St. Onge joined other rioters who breached the Capitol and disrupted a joint session of Congress on Jan. 6, 2021.

Congress convened to count the electoral votes and certified Joe Biden as the winner of the 2020 presidential election over Donald Trump.

According to court documents, St. Onge helped breach a police barricade on the East Plaza of the U.S. Capitol and repeatedly pushed against a police line at an entrance to the Capitol building known as the Lower West Terrace Tunnel.

According to prosecutors, the most brutal attacks on police took place in the tunnel.

Court documents show that for at least two hours people threw objects at police defending the tunnel, sprayed officers with chemical irritants and stole items from them.

Minutes before St. Onge entered the tunnel, surveillance footage showed another member of the crowd handing him a stolen U.S. Capitol Police shield, the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Columbia said in a news release. St. Onge was standing at the entrance to the tunnel at the time, prosecutors said.

“He held the shield for a moment and then placed it at the entrance to the tunnel,” the statement reads.

FBI: He Was Everywhere But Capitol

Prosecutors said St. Onge left the tunnel after about a minute, only to return and join the police scuffle.

The footage shows him on the grounds of the United States Capitol that day.

St. Onge was arrested in Brevard on June 16, 2023.

District Judge Carl Nichols also ordered St. Onge on Tuesday to serve three years of supervised release following the completion of his prison sentence and pay $2,000 in restitution.

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Joe Marusak has been a reporter for The Charlotte Observer since 1989, covering the people, communities and major events in the region, and was the paper’s news desk editor. He currently covers breaking news.
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