Biggest local stories of 2021: East Helena brothers step into Jan. 6 insurrection spotlight

Phil Drake

Jerod Hughes

Joshua Hughes

The Jan. 6 insurrection 2,100 miles away in Washington, D.C., hit home when two brothers from East Helena entered a local police station a few days later and said they believed they were wanted by the FBI.

Joshua Calvin Hughes and Jerod Wade Hughes were charged later that month. They were then incarcerated, pleaded not guilty and released from custody in April pending trial, on their own recognizance. They will return to court Jan. 7 for a status conference. In past appearances before U.S. District Court Judge Timothy Kelly, there has been talk of a possible plea deal.

The brothers have been charged with eight counts that include civil disorder, obstruction of an official proceeding and aiding and abetting; destruction of government property and aiding and abetting; entering and remaining in a restricted building or grounds; entering and remaining on the floor of Congress; entering and remaining in certain rooms in the Capitol building and parading, demonstrating or picketing

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