A Florida man, Anthony Sargent, 47, from St. Augustine, was sentenced for his involvement in the breach of the U.S. Capitol on January 6, 2021. Sargent faced a felony charge of civil disorder and six misdemeanor charges related to his actions during the disturbance.
Sargent received a 60-month prison sentence from U.S. District Court Judge Dabney L. Friedrich. The charges included destruction of property, entering and remaining in a restricted building or grounds, disorderly and disruptive conduct, engaging in physical violence, disorderly conduct in a Capitol building, and an act of physical violence in the Capitol grounds or buildings.
Having pleaded guilty on July 21, 2023, in the District of Columbia, Sargent was also ordered to undergo 36 months of supervised release and pay restitution of $2,980.
Court documents revealed that during the Capitol attack, Sargent physically confronted police officers, prevented their retreat to safety, and attempted to breach the Capitol building’s north entrance. As a member of the Proud Boys, he expressed support for a riot and civil war in the days leading up to January 6.
Videos obtained from open sources depicted Sargent actively participating in the riot, attempting to break doors and encouraging others to do the same. Sargent’s actions were premeditated and included throwing a heavy object at officers behind locked doors and physically obstructing an officer attempting to detain a fellow rioter.
Sargent’s arrest took place on September 21, 2021, in St. Augustine. The 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. The FBI’s Washington and Jacksonville Field Offices, along with assistance from the U.S. Capitol Police and the Metropolitan Police Department, led the investigation.
As of the 35 months since the Capitol breach, more than 1,230 individuals across nearly all 50 states have faced charges related to the incident, with over 440 individuals charged specifically with assaulting or impeding law enforcement. The investigation remains ongoing, and individuals with tips are encouraged to contact 1-800-CALL-FBI or visit tips.fbi.gov.