The Florida man pictured carrying the Speaker’s desk and saluting during the Jan.6 riot at the U.S. Capitol pleaded guilty on Monday to a federal misdemeanor, court records show.
The man, Adam Johnson, 36, has pleaded guilty to one count of entering and staying in a building or restricted land, according to records.
A plea agreement estimates sentencing guidelines up to six months in prison for the misdemeanor charge.
Johnson admitted in court documents that he entered the Capitol after a pro-Trump mob attacked the building and police and found the lectern with the Speaker’s seal near a staircase and won it “because he thought it would make a good prop for A Picture.”
The photograph made him one of the most recognizable people in the riot, which occurred as Congress officially counted electoral votes claiming President Joe Biden’s victory over President Donald Trump. The violence followed weeks of lies about electoral fraud and after a “stop the robbery” rally.
Johnson’s lawyers did not immediately respond to requests for comment on Monday evening. He is free on bail and sentencing is scheduled for February.
The charge carries a maximum of one year in prison, but the sentencing guidelines provide for zero to six months and a fine of $ 500 to $ 9,500, depending on the plea agreement.
Johnson left the lectern in the middle of the rotunda, according to court documents. He was found in a corridor in the Rotunda.
He was arrested two days after the attack. The photo went viral on social media.
Another person whose photo made him a public face in the riot, the so-called QAnon Shaman, Jacob Anthony Chansley, was sentenced last week to more than three years in prison. He pleaded guilty to a felony.