'I am guilty of being an idiot' - a Capitol riot defendant who used stimulus money to get to DC asks judge for leniency ahead of sentencing

Glen Wes Lee Croy captured body camera footage inside the Capitol on January 6. The Department of Justice.
One Colorado Capitol Riot defendant said that he was "an idiot" for taking part in the Capitol Riot.

Glen Wes Lee Croy (46), wrote an apology to the judge who was in charge of his case before he was sentenced.

Croy pleaded guilty in August to one misdemeanor.

In a personal letter addressed to the federal judge who was overseeing his case, a Capitol riot defendant pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor offense earlier in the year. He will be sentenced next month.

Glenn Wes Lee Croy (46), wrote to Chief District Judge Beryl.

Croy offered his apology in several sentencing memorandum document reviews by Insider, first reported by WUSA.

Colorado man explains the circumstances that led him to travel to Washington DC to support President Donald Trump at the "Stop the Steal" rally on January 6. He also recalled how he lost his job due to COVID-19 in the summer of 2020.

Croy stated that he started watching more news than ever before, and became frustrated by the George Floyd protests. Croy said that he became increasingly concerned about security as the election approached.

Croy stated that Trump had announced the rally on January 6th and invited his supporters. He used some of his unemployment funds and saved up stimulus money to make it from Colorado Springs to Washington.

Croy claimed that he followed the crowd all day and eventually ended up in the Capitol Building as police battled a mob.

He wrote, "I regretfully once more followed the crowd like an lemming." "My adrenaline was high and I knew that I wasn't supposed be there, but I was right there at this point."

Croy wrote that he was shocked to discover that Ashli Babbitt, a woman, had been shot during insurrection. He claimed that he didn't know how violent it was until he watched an HBO documentary on the riot.

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Croy pleaded guilty in August to one count of parading inside Capitol.

Federal investigators claim that Croy was caught on video and in photographs throughout the Capitol. He was posing inside the Rotunda while Capitol police tried to get people out.

Croy was also sent a separate sentencing memo by the prosecutors. They requested that he serve two months in prison.

Prosecutors wrote that he did not care about the seriousness of his actions and engaged in criminal conduct like he was on vacation. He then bragged about his actions and supported them to friends, but failed to recognize the seriousness.

Croy's lawyers and Croy are asking for probation. This is based on his role as sole caretaker of his two diabetic sons.

Croy's attorney declined to comment.

Business Insider has the original article.


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