Capitol rioter who rappelled from Senate balcony agrees to cooperate with prosecutors

Federal prosecutors announced Wednesday that a rioter who charged the Capitol and rappelled into the Senate chamber during the Jan. 6 insurrection has agreed to a plea deal, HuffPost reported.

Josiah Colt, 34, pleaded guilty to felony obstruction of an official proceeding and has agreed to cooperate with the government on other investigations. Colt joins more than a dozen other defendants from the riots who have agreed to work with prosecutors.

Colt will help police investigations into other rioters, potentially including two of his colleagues, Ronald Sandlin and Nathaniel DeGrave, with whom he allegedly conspired before the riot, according to WUSA9.


U.S. District Judge Thomas F. Hogan said federal guidelines call for a sentence between 51 and 63 months, though the charge carries a maximum sentence of 20 years in prison, according to HuffPost.

Hundreds of people have been charged in the wake of the Jan. 6 Capitol breach, when a mob of supporters of former President TrumpDonald TrumpGrant Woods, longtime friend of McCain and former Arizona AG, dies at 67 Super PACs release ad campaign hitting Vance over past comments on Trump Glasgow summit raises stakes for Biden deal MORE stormed the building in an attempt to prevent the certification of the 2020 Electoral College vote.

In a video he posted to Instagram, Colt bragged that he was the first person to go into the chamber and incorrectly claimed to have sat in Speaker Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiSunday shows preview: CDC signs off on 'mix and match' vaccine boosters Buttigieg aims to use Tucker Carlson flap to spotlight paternity leave Judge to hear Trump's case against Jan. 6 committee in November MORE's (D-Calif.) chair, calling her "treasonous." A photo of Colt dangling from the Senate balcony went viral during the coverage of the insurrection.

At one point Colt yelled atop the Senate dais, "Trump won that election!"


Colt later said in an interview, "If violence happens, then it happens."

Colt's sentence will be announced at a later date. His next hearing is set for Oct. 18.