John D. Andries
John D. Andries

WASHINGTON – A Maryland man pleaded guilty today to a felony charge for his actions during the breach of the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6, 2021. His actions and the actions of others disrupted a joint session of the U.S. Congress convened to ascertain and count the electoral votes related to the presidential election.

John D. Andries, 36, of Piney Point, Maryland, pleaded guilty in the District of Columbia to obstruction of an official proceeding.

According to court documents, on Jan. 6, 2021, Andries illegally entered the Capitol Building through a broken window near the Senate Wing Door at approximately 2:15 p.m., just two minutes after rioters’ initial breach at that location. Once inside, he proceeded to the Crypt and was among rioters who attempted to push past U.S. Capitol Police officers. Eventually he and others were able to surge forward past the officers and further into the building.

John D. Andries
John D. Andries

Andries then went up the stairs to the second floor. He crossed through Statuary Hall and made his way to the halls outside the House of Representatives Chamber. There, he filmed himself and talked to the camera, making statements such as “Think they’re scared yet,” and “I think the police have gotten the message, we ain’t back’n down.” He eventually left the Speaker’s Lobby area and exited the Capitol. He filmed himself again on the portico outside the building, stating that, “I think we’re on the right side of history.” Andries remained on the grounds, and at approximately 4:25 p.m., pushed against officers trying to disperse the crowd. He sat on a ledge and refused to move, leading officers to physically drag him away from the Capitol Building.  

Andries was arrested on Feb. 4, 2021, in St. Mary’s County, Maryland. He is to be sentenced on Jan. 10, 2023. He faces a statutory maximum of 20 years in prison for obstruction of an official proceeding, as well as potential financial penalties.

A federal district court judge will determine any sentence after considering the U.S. Sentencing Guidelines and other statutory factors.

This case is being prosecuted by the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Columbia and the Department of Justice National Security Division’s Counterterrorism Section. Valuable assistance was provided by the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Maryland.

The case is being investigated by the FBI’s Baltimore Field Office. Valuable assistance was provided by the FBI’s Washington Field Office, the Metropolitan Police Department, and the U.S. Capitol Police.

In the 19 months since Jan. 6, 2021, more than 860 individuals have been arrested in nearly all 50 states for crimes related to the breach of the U.S. Capitol, including over 260 individuals charged with assaulting or impeding law enforcement. The investigation remains ongoing. 

Anyone with tips can call 1-800-CALL-FBI (800-225-5324) or visit tips.fbi.gov.

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61 Comments

    1. This has nothing to do with BLM. They didn’t storm the US Capital and try to overturn democracy did they? No.

    2. You could have easily looked that up (over 14,000 arrests nationwide), but instead you chose to be willfully ignorant, maybe a little bit racist, and look like you’re excusing an insurrection… remember: Be Best!

    3. Well they actually did burn down government facilities, so yes they did the exact same thing, guess because it’s BLM it’s fine, talk about double standards

      1. You are suggesting that a coordinated attempt to overthrow our govt and a bunch of inner city rioters is the same thing? Really?

          1. You have your opinion. I have facts as did the person who posted above you. Quite different things.

          1. Facts have been presented since January 6, 2021. That you choose to ignore them is your problem.

        1. Also if you want facts, BLM has destroyed entire city blocks, government buildings, businesses, homes, etc etc etc

          1. To parrot your comment, you have presented no such facts. Not that it matters. Whatever BLM did or didn’t do has not one thing to do with the attempted coup that occurred on January 6, 2021 that the individual referenced in the article is going to jail over.

        2. Again two wrongs don’t make a right, BLM terrorists got slaps on the wrists for destroying entire city blocks while the capital rioters are getting 20years plus, it’s double standards, facts are facts you choose to ignore them, have a nice day

          1. BLM has nothing to do with January 6th. All you are doing is trying to demonstrate that one wrong is more right than another wrong.

        3. Nobody has commented any facts, everyone has an opinion, BLM rioters got no where near the punishment as the January 6th rioters
          My opinion stands, you’re not changing my mind

        4. BLM has caused 1000x more damage then the January 6th riots at the capital, a simple google search will show this, have a nice day

          1. BLM has nothing to do with January 6th. You keep equating them as equal or worse, that Jan 6th was the lessor evil.

          1. “Riots are riots”…that’s what you are left with? Well I guess when you are so desperate to defend your position you make those sorts of infantile comparisons.

        5. Your reply reveals how uneducated you are. Are you able to debate intelligent, or perhaps you dropped out of high school and cannot process things to come up with replies that sound as though you have zero ability to form an intelligent reply or are 12-years old. Anyone who cannot see that Trump is a self-serving twit is ignorant. He is a danger to our Republic. And no, I am not Right Wing. Nor am I a Democrat.

          1. I’m not taking up for the capital rioters or trump, if you had more then a 1st grade reading comprehension you would understand that

        6. It does when the January 6th rioters are getting way more severe punishments then the rioters of the terrorist group BLM

        7. I never said BLM had anything to do with January 6th however their punishments were no where as harsh as January 6th rioters
          It’s the perfect case of double standards, did the capital building get burned down? Nope
          Case closed

          1. You have spent an inordinate amount of time comparing BLM and Jan 6..your entire line of illogic has been to compare the two events in order to minimize the intent of the January 6th insurrectionists whose goal was to nullify a legitimate election and overthrow the US govt.

        8. I will most certainly defend my position on this, both sides are domestic terrorism groups and both should have equal punishments, however that is NOT the case, you are misunderstanding my comments regarding this, please google it and educate yourself, have a nice day

          1. I have not misunderstood your comments. You are quite clear. You think attacking the Capitol in an attempt to overthrow our national government is the equivalent to a bunch of inner city thugs rioting over some perceived injustice. You can attempt to defend your position but you have been incapable of doing so because the crimes are not the same in any way, shape or form.

    4. Oh and fyi to the person saying I’m racist, BLM is a racial group exactly like kkk, if not it would be called ALM not BLM

  1. It is amazing that these people are allowed to keep their US citizenship and remain in the country.

  2. I’m conservative but you have the be the biggest idiot to think that illegally entering the Capitol is a reasonable idea and that you’d walk away without any charges. BUT it is awfully funny how 1-6 gets treated like the new 9/11 yet a year of violent rioting with documented rapes, murders, property destruction, arson gets called “mostly peaceful protests” by the media outlets.

    1. Well, I don’t find it funny. I find it sad and distressing for this country that the conservative propagandist media portrayed an attempted coup as peaceful tourists walking through the Capitol.

  3. If anyone believes the media these days they are dumber than a brick
    Media is so lopsided it’s unbelievable
    They make me sick

  4. Why are the right always deflecting with the whataboutisms? Trump lost and that has NOTHING to do with Black Lives Matter.

  5. So, those with the but what about BLM protestors. Try doing a Google search on “BLM protest arrests”. Suggest that you read, 1) the Forbes article written on January 7, 2021; 2) the AP article written on August 30, 2021; and 3) on the second page of results there is a link to a page at justice.gov that is dated September 24, 2020. There is plenty of information out there kids…just do some work to get it.

    1. And they didn’t receive no where the harsh punishment that the rioters got, two wrongs don’t make a right, what the rioters got BLM needs to receive the same

      1. There is also scalable difference in the depth of the wrong…which is what you fail (miserably I might add) to understand.

    1. The ones that burned down entire city blocks, government buildings, businesses for over 2 years! Do you live under a rock?

      1. Is that what this trumphumper in the above article is? Is that what this article is about? Oh, no? Hmmm?

  6. This was obviously a setup by the Corrupt FBI and Democrats to stifle dissent over a stolen Election. The Facts will come out. Just like the Fake Vaccine that doesn’t stop COVID but causes Myocarditis

  7. when is congress going to adress our worthless currency? when is congress going to address that our currency is literally debt, that it is on loan to us? are we entitled to see a teller at the federal reserve bank? Why do we have to write to the candidates e-mail address in order to Congress- shop, or write to a member of Congress that might agree with us? If we go to the US house website + try to write, we have to be in that District in order to send it in. When is our military going to be where it is supposed to be + not over- extended? Do we have off- the- record currency? What do those with security clearances do all day, do they play golf?

  8. This has nothing to do with BLM, he tried to overthrow the government and he attacked the people who were protecting the capitol.

    This is a good example of why it is a very bad idea to get your opinions from social media. He became involved with crazies on the Internet and it led him to this.
    He’s a guy from Piney Point in SMC, nobody there is trying to destroy the US government— he got involved with extremists on the Internet for sure.

  9. People who are defending this person should look at his 2-page Maryland court history. Resisting arrest, drunk driving, domestic violence. Not all of these traitors are decent people.

  10. I think they were all idiots but they were taking orders directly from their president. Meanwhile “Teflon-Don” has never had handcuffs on.

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