Capitol Riot Suspects Who Allegedly Discussed Bringing Guns on January 6 Face Further Charges

Two men accused of taking part in the January 6 attack on the Capitol are facing further charges for allegedly conspiring to bring guns to violently prevent the certification of Joe Biden's election victory.

Ronald Sandlin, 34, of Shelby County, Tennessee, and Nathaniel DeGrave, 32, of Clark County, Nevada, have been charged with several federal offenses including conspiracy, obstruction of an official proceeding, and assaulting, resisting or impeding certain officers after allegedly plotting to "interfere with the peaceful transition of presidential power," according to court documents cited by the Department of Justice's statement issued on Monday.

Federal prosecutors have added a dozen additional charges to the pair who were originally accused in January of less serious offenses in connection to the storming of the Capitol.

According to a new superseding indictment, announced by the U.S. Attorney's Office for the District of Columbia, the pair are alleged to have begun plotting to attack the Capitol in late December 2020, and encouraged others to storm the building on social media.

On December 30, Sandlin asked on Facebook who else would be traveling to Washington D.C. to attend the planned protests, to which DeGrave replied saying he would be, still according to the indictment.

Later that day, Sandlin allegedly messaged DeGrave privately on Facebook to say "some people I respect are saying it may get dangerous" and "Are you down for danger bro?"

DeGrave is alleged to have responded: "Im bringing bullet proof clothing" and "yes."

According to prosecutors, the following day, DeGrave asked on Facebook for recommendations for someone "[w]ho can shoot and has excellent aim and can teach me today or tomorrow." He later replied to the comments suggesting his need is "for a very patriotic cause."

Also on December 31, Sandlin, DeGrave and fellow Capitol riot suspect Josiah Colt, 34, of Meridian, Idaho, allegedly began a private group chat on Facebook to plan for January 6.

During the chat, the men allegedly discussed "shipping guns" to Sandlin's home in Tennessee, where they would all meet before driving to D.C.

The indictment states Colt added he would try to fly with his "G43"—a reference to a Glock.43 pistol, with Sandlin saying he was bringing his "little pocket gun" and a knife to the January 6 protest.

All three then hired a car and drove together to D.C. on January 5. In the car, they allegedly brought with them a Glock.43 pistol, an M&P bodyguard pocket pistol, two magazines of ammunition, gas masks, helmets and protective body armor, knives, a stun gun, an expandable baton, walkie talkies, and bear mace.

On the day of the Capitol attack, Sandlin, DeGrave and Colt allegedly met in a hotel room in Maryland and recorded a video for social media discussing their plans. During the footage, prosecutors say Colt said the men have been having a debate for days on "should we carry our guns or not?" noting it is a felony offense to do so in D.C.

DeGrave allegedly replied that "for the camera's sake, we're not going to carry."

Just prior to the events of January 6, Sandlin allegedly gave another livestream on social media in which he stated four times that "freedom is paid for with blood" and that "there is going to be violence" as well as urging "other patriots" watching the video to "take the Capitol,"

Once on Capitol grounds, Sandlin and DeGrave are alleged to have forcibly stomped their way past exterior barricades and pushed several U.S. Capitol Police officers guarding an exterior door to the Capitol rotunda in order to storm the building.

DeGrave is alleged to have shouted, "get the f*** through" and "kick [the door] the f*** open," and Sandlin tried to rip the helmet off an officer, according to the indictment.

Prosecutors say the defendants eventually made their way into the Senate floor, with Colt sitting in a chair reserved for then Vice President Mike Pence. DeGrave also allegedly shouted at Colt and others on the floor to "take laptops, paperwork, take everything."

Sandlin also livestreamed himself smoking marijuana inside the Capitol before leaving, according to the indictment.

Both Sandlin and DeGrave have pleaded not guilty to all counts. The pair will remain in custody pending a status conference set for October 21.

Colt previously pleaded guilty to obstruction of an official proceeding following a plea deal in July.

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Ronald Sandlin (R), seen inside the Capitol on January 6, and Nathaniel DeGrave have both denied the charges against them. DoJ