U.S. Capitol rioter who videotaped Babbitt’s death is 20th person to plead guilty to insurgency
The charge carries a maximum sentence of six months in prison, although Bennett could be ordered to serve much less, if any, jail time when he is sentenced in October. Three rioters have been convicted so far, two of whom have received prison terms.
Investigators received a tip on the day of the riot claiming Bennett broadcast a live video to Facebook from inside the Capitol. In the videos, according to court documents, Bennett shouts “No destruction! To other rioters banging on a door inside the building. But later, according to prosecutors, Bennett recorded himself chanting “Break it down!” near a door in the President’s Hall, where Babbitt was shot. A gunshot can be heard on the video.
According to court records, Bennett posted on Facebook a few days before the riot, “You better be ready, chaos is coming” and “#FIGHTBACK for Lin Wood and his family!”, Referring to the theoretical attorney. of the conspiracy that involved efforts to overthrow the elections.
This story has been updated with additional details about the plea deal.