Federal prosecutors have accused three Lindstrom men of involvement in the Jan 6 massacre at the US Capitol, including using a shield to attack law enforcement.
Columbia Prosecutors have charged Robert Westbury, 62, his son Isaac Westbury, 19, and a third man, Aaron James, 35, with charges such as assaulting Capitol police to disrupt state business. The arrest came six months after another son, Jonah Westbury, 26, was charged with participating in a Capitol siege.
The FBI arrested three men on Monday, and the judge opened a case of ten counts – five counts of felony criminal misconduct – following their first appearance in court. All five criminal charges are against Isaac Westbury and James, both of whom face other counts of felony criminal mischief.
Monday’s arrest brings to a close the number of Minnesota members accused of unionism in connection with the Jan uprising. 6 to eight people at present. According to the George Washington University Extremism Program, more than 600 people have been charged with conspiracy to commit robbery at the US Capitol as Mr. Trump’s mob sought to disrupt a joint congressional meeting to confirm the results of the 2020 presidential election.
In a telephone interview on Monday, Rosemarie Westbury – who shares addresses with prosecutors but has not confirmed her relationship with them – described the case as “a form of oppression that is harassing the citizens of the former United States of America.”
“It’s a myth,” Westbury said. “None of the people brought into custody have any criminal records. None of them are guilty of any of them. Not one of them has committed any crime.”
He added: “The government we have is as threatening in homes as I think.”
FBI agents are still seeking help to track down the participants in the January 6 incidents, sparking national outrage in what has been called the biggest crime ever committed by the Justice Department.
The Supreme Court in the DDC has convicted Isaac Westbury and Aaron James of using law enforcement law “violently against, denying, opposing, violating, intimidating and intervening” by an officer and carrying a dangerous weapon to the US Capitol as they allegedly tried to “undermine state corporate business and legal activities.” Both are crimes.
Robert Westbury has not been charged with felony criminal mischief for firing on a sculpture with a shotgun, according to The Associated Press. The three charges against each other included demonstrations, demonstrations and competition in the US Capitol Building. The charter is simpler than anything other than writing union charges against men.
Keala Ede, the political representative elected to represent them, declined to comment Monday. A spokesman for the US Attorney General’s Office in Columbia also declined to comment.
U.S. Attorney General David Schultz allowed all three men to be released from US Marshals Service detention in Minneapolis after a brief appearance in court on Monday. The continuation of their DC sessions will continue far and wide next week.
Ede said on hearing that Jonah Westbury, a 26-year-old brother who was also awaiting trial in the DC on charges of rioting at the Capitol, was planning to take the men when they were released on Monday.
As part of their release status, the three are prohibited from possessing firearms or destructive weapons, “alcohol abuse” or drug abuse. They were also instructed to issue their passports. Their next court appearance is scheduled for October 12 before the Columbia Court judge through Zoom.
Jonah Westbury, was arrested and charged in April with charges of involvement in the Capitol riots. The FBI said a former high school classmate told Bureau that the man had seen videos posted on social media by Westbury in which he described his actions within the Capitol.
Westbury, a former fighter of the University of Mary Marauders in Bismarck, ND, wrote it around with laughter inside the Capitol, according to the FBI. “We did it,” he said, according to an affidavit. “We sprayed peppers, and we were abused.”
“For the first time in Capitol,” he said in a video, also taken in Capitol. “I’m proud of everything.” [expletive] one of you.
Charging papers filed against Jonah Westbury in April did not mention his relatives again participating in Jan’s events. 6.
Jonah Westbury’s court appearance in Columbia County is scheduled for May 3. His lawyers and prosecutors told the judge they could settle the case before the trial. The charges against him include many similar ones that his relatives are now facing: entering or staying in a designated building or area; instability and disruption of the structure in the Capitol building and premises; and to demonstrate, demonstrate or compete in a Capitol building.
Staff Secretary Andy Mannix contributed to this report.
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