East Helena brothers to enter a guilty plea in Capitol breach case

Phil Drake

Two brothers from East Helena accused of participating in the Jan. 6 Capitol breach in Washington, D.C., have reached a deal with federal prosecutors in which they are expected to plead guilty to obstruction, attorneys said Thursday.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Emily Allen told U.S. District Court Judge Timothy Kelly during a Zoom status conference that Jerod and Joshua Hughes, who had nine counts filed against them, have agreed to plead guilty to the single charge.

The remaining counts will be dismissed, Joshua Hughes’ attorney said.

Kelly set an Aug. 24 date for them to enter their pleas. He said he would permit the plea hearing to be held online, but said he would want the brothers to appear before him in Washington, D.C., for the sentencing.

He asked Allen if the brothers should be heard separately and that is when Allen said they would both plead guilty to the same obstruction count.

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The news comes 575 days after a mob of supporters for then-President Donald Trump broke into the Capitol to contest the Electoral College vote being certified that would name Democrat Joe Biden as president.


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