Rockingham County man pleads guilty for role in Jan. 6 attack

Source: Associated Press and Charlotte Observer

A Rockingham County man pleaded guilty for his role in the Jan. 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol to stop Congress from certifying the election results.

Matthew Mark Wood pleaded guilty to all six counts related to the attempted coup, including a felony charge of obstructing an official proceeding, and five counts of misdemeanors.

WRAL reported that Wood drove from North Carolina to Washington, D.C., with his grandmother and another family member. “When he entered the Capitol on Jan. 6, 2021, he did so with the intent to disrupt the certification proceedings,” according to the FBI court filing.

Wood is the latest of more than 30+ North Carolinians charged for their role in the January 6 attack.

Last month, David Gietzen, a North Carolina man accused of striking a police officer and planning to take part in a second violent attempt to keep Donald Trump in office, was arrested on Jan. 6-related charges. 

According to the Associated Press, over 800 people have been charged with federal crimes related to the Jan. 6 attack, with 300 of them pleading guilty, mostly to misdemeanors, and nearly 200 have been sentenced. 

Read more from the Associated Press.

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