As part of plea, East Helena brothers admit to actions in Capitol riot

Phil Drake

East Helena brothers Jarod and Joshua Hughes both signed a Statement of Offense prior to Thursday’s plea hearing in federal court admitting to actions they took Jan. 6, 2021, when they joined others in storming the U.S. Capitol in protest of presidential election results.

U.S. District Court Judge Timothy J. Kelly set the sentencing for Jerod Hughes, 37, and Joshua Hughes, 38, for Nov. 22. A pre-sentencing report is to be prepared for that hearing. 

The brothers, who at one time faced nine felony charges, pleaded guilty Thursday to a single charge of obstruction of an official proceeding. The remaining counts were dismissed.

The charge could bring a maximum sentence of 20 years in prison, a $250,000 fine and three years of supervised release.

Under a plea agreement, Joshua Hughes would be sentenced to 41-51 months in prison, something his attorney said earlier he would ask the judge to reduce. Jerod Hughes faces 51-63 months because of his previous criminal record. The brothers are to each pay the architect of the Capitol $2,000 in restitution. Each brother could also be fined $15,000 to $150,000.

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