Bob’s Burgers Actor Jay Johnston Pleads Guilty in Capitol Riot Case

Capitol Riot Sentencing: Hollywood actor pleads guilty

by Nouman Rasool
Bob’s Burgers Actor Jay Johnston Pleads Guilty in Capitol Riot Case
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"Bob’s Burgers" actor Jay Johnston, who also appeared on HBO's Mr. Show with Bob and David, pleaded guilty to charges related to the January 2021 US Capitol insurrection. Johnston pleaded guilty to a federal felony count of civil disorder and could be sentenced to up to five years in prison.

He was arrested on June 2023, when he showed up for his first court appearance in California, and freed from jail after posting a $25,000 bond. In addition to the civil disorder charge, Johnston also faced charges of felony obstruction of officers during civil disorder and unlawful entry on restricted grounds with a weapon for impeding passage through Capitol grounds.

Johnston's Riot Role

According to court documents, Johnston became part of a mob assaulting police during the riot. A video of the attack shows him ripping a shield away from an officer and using it to hold police at bay.

According to the charging documents, Johnston "was close to the entrance to the tunnel, turned back and signaled for other rioters to come towards the entrance." In text messages, Johnston admitted he rioted saying it "wasn’t" an attack but that it "kind of turned into that." Yes, another message stated the scene as "It was a mess." Three other current or former associates also identified Johnston in photos posted on the internet and were interviewed by the FBI.

Among the material turned over was a text message from one associate in which Johnston admitted being at the Capitol on January, 6. Johnston's booking record, according to the airlines: A round-trip flight between Los Angeles and Washington DC from Jan 4-7, leaving him with a day each side of the rioting.

US District Judge Carl Nichols is scheduled to sentence Johnston on October 7. Also on Monday in a related case, Texas woman Dana Jean Bell admitted guilty to assaulting a Metropolitan Police Department officer during the Capitol attack.

Video evidence showed Bell cursing at officers in the Capitol and grabbing an officer's baton. A second FBI affidavit showed Bell attacking a local television reporter outside the Capitol. Bell could spend up to two and a half years in prison when she is sentenced on Oct.

17 by US District Judge Timothy Kelly. At current she is facing a sentence of eight years in jail. The Associated Press reported this month that as many as 1,000 people have either been convicted or charged with crimes related to the Capitol riot. More than half were sentenced to a week in jail, while sentences of seven minutes to 18 years were imposed on the rest.