East Helena brothers plead guilty to Capitol breach charge

Phil Drake

Two brothers from East Helena pleaded guilty Thursday to an obstruction of an official proceeding charge stemming from the Jan. 6, 2021, breach of the Capitol in Washington, D.C.

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.

Kelly warned the sentencing could be more or less severe than the guidelines in the report. He said the charge could bring a maximum sentence of 20 years in prison, a $250,000 fine and three years of supervised release.

“The guidelines are not binding,” he said. 

Under a plea agreement, Joshua Hughes could 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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