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‘I am guilty of being an idiot’ – Capitol riot defendant begs judge for leniency ahead of sentencing

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Glen Wes Lee Croy, the Jan. 6 defendant who pleaded guilty in August to a misdemeanor charge of parading inside the Capitol, begged the federal judge who is sentencing him next month for leniency in a letter claiming, “I am guilty of being an idiot.”

“I am guilty of being an idiot and walking into that building, and again apologize to America and everyone for my role in participating,” Croy, 46, wrote in his letter to Chief District Judge Beryl A. Howell.

The Coloradan apologized repeatedly in a number of sentencing filing documents, according to WUSA.

Croy recounted what led to his attending what turned into the Capitol riot on Jan. 6. He noted he had lost his job in the summer of 2020 due to the pandemic and that was part of the reason he went to DC to protest.

He claimed that he began watching more news broadcasts and became increasingly frustrated following the George Floyd protests and the implementation of COVID mandates. As the presidential election neared, he reportedly became extremely concerned about election fraud. Croy told the judge in his letter that he became consumed by news of riots and protests around the country and then fell into “rabbit holes” online.

After Trump announced the January 6 rally, Croy took some of his unemployment money and saved up stimulus money to travel from Colorado Springs to Washington, D.C. for the event.

When he arrived, he said that he followed the crowd through the day and eventually wound up inside the Capitol building as the protest unfolded.

“I regretfully once again followed the crowd like a lemming,” he noted in his letter. “My adrenaline was up and I knew I wasn’t supposed to be there but I was in the thick of it by this point.”

In his letter, Croy also claimed that he was shocked that Ashli Babbitt had been shot and killed during the protest. He said had not realized how violent the protest had become until he watched an HBO documentary on it later.

Croy was caught on video and in photos during his time in the Capitol according to federal investigators. He posed for pictures inside the rotunda and they are now being used as evidence against him.

The full list of charges against Croy includes, “Entering and Remaining in a Restricted Building; Disorderly and Disruptive Conduct in a Restricted Building; Violent Entry and Disorderly Conduct in a Capitol Building; Parading, Demonstrating, or Picketing in a Capitol Building,” according to the Department of Justice.

Prosecutors have requested that Croy get two months in jail.

“He showed no concern for the severity of his actions as he engaged in criminal conduct as if he was on a vacation,” prosecutors wrote. “Finally, he bragged about and defended his actions to several friends, failing to see the seriousness of his actions.”

Croy’s attorneys are requesting that he be given probation at his sentencing hearing that will be held on November 5. They are citing the fact that he is the sole provider and caretaker for his two sons. One of them suffers from diabetes.

Croy is one of nine Colorado men who have been criminally implicated in the Capitol protest.

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