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California man sentenced for felony charge related to actions during Jan. 6 Capitol breach

A California man was sentenced on a felony charge for his actions during the breach of the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6, 2021. His actions and the actions of others disrupted a joint session of the U.S. Congress that was in the process of ascertaining and counting the electoral votes related to the presidential election.

Andrew Alan Hernandez, 45, of Riverside, California, was sentenced to 18 months in prison in the District of Columbia for aiding and abetting in the obstruction of an official proceeding. Hernandez pleaded guilty on September 21, 2022. In addition to the prison term, U.S. District Court Judge Colleen Kollar-Kotelly ordered 36 months of supervised release and $2,000 restitution.

According to court documents, on Jan. 6, 2021, Hernandez attended a rally on the Ellipse and then marched to the Capitol. He was carrying a backpack and U.S. flag on a pole with a camera attached. Hernandez initially stood by a series of bicycle racks, set up to keep people from illegally entering the Capitol grounds. While he was there, at approximately 1:59 p.m., the mob pushed down the barricades and moved forward. Hernandez moved past the barricades and made his way up the steps leading to the East Plaza, part of a crowd pushing towards the Rotunda Door.

At approximately 2:37 p.m., a short time after the East Rotunda Door was initially breached, Hernandez entered the Capitol. He then made his way to the Senate Gallery, where he remained until approximately 2:45 p.m. He took a few “selfies” of himself inside the Senate Gallery and then departed, leaving the Capitol through the Rotunda Door at about 2:51 p.m.

Hernandez was arrested on Feb. 25, 2021, in Riverside, California.

This case was prosecuted by the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Columbia and the Department of Justice National Security Division’s Counterterrorism Section. Valuable assistance was provided by the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Central District of California.

The case was investigated by the FBI’s Los Angeles and Washington Field Offices. Valuable assistance was provided by the Metropolitan Police Department and the U.S. Capitol Police.

In the 24 months since Jan. 6, 2021, more than 950 individuals have been arrested in nearly all 50 states for crimes related to the breach of the U.S. Capitol, including over 284 individuals charged with assaulting or impeding law enforcement. The investigation remains ongoing.

Anyone with tips can call 1-800-CALL-FBI (800-225-5324) or visit tips.fbi.gov.

This article was released by the U.S. Department of Justice.


  1. I wasn’t there and I didn’t see the videos , but I also didn’t watch the dog & pony show the Democrats put on. Something is rotten in DC. People are in jail because they questioned the powers that be and who is responsible for putting that old guy that lies with every breath in office?

    1. If you don’t watch video(s) and did not watch any committee hearings, how do you know it was a dog and pony show? Keep current on your Alex Jones podcasts before he goes broke and can’t produce them any longer.

  2. What the government is doing to Americans is an attack on Freedom of Speech! It’s an attack on the U.S. Constitution! Whether they are jailed without bail or financially ruined without being thrown in jail this is the Marxists (aka Democrat) plan to destroy the United States of America. There should be rallies to protest what the government is doing. Or are we already a Marxist country?

    1. 950 + 1 more person arrested. Traitors (aka Republican)

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