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Illinois Man Pleads Guilty to Felonies in 2021 Capitol Riot

Federal prosecutors say a central Illinois man pleaded guilty Friday to felony charges for assaulting a law enforcement officer and a member of the media during the Jan. 6, 2021, riots at the Capitol in Washington. USA

CHICAGO– A central Illinois man pleaded guilty Friday to felony charges for assaulting a law enforcement officer and a member of the media during the January 6, 2021 riots at the US Capitol. prosecutors said.

Shane Jason Woods, 44, of Auburn, Illinois, south of Springfield, pleaded guilty in the District of Columbia to assaulting, resisting or hindering law enforcement officers and a related federal assault charge, prosecutors said.

Court documents say Woods was among people on Capitol grounds who illegally joined a mob in the Lower West Terrace area. Someone in the crowd sprayed a Capitol police officer with an irritant chemical and fled, and as the officer chased that person, Woods lowered his shoulder and lunged at her, knocking her off her feet and crashing her into a toppled bicycle barricade, prosecutors said. . .

Later that day, Woods met with other rioters in the media staging area on Capitol Hill and joined others in damaging media equipment, according to prosecutors. When a member of the media tried to walk away to protect himself and the camera from him, Woods ran at him and tackled him, knocking him to the ground and causing him to drop the camera, prosecutors said.

Woods was arrested on June 24, 2021, in Springfield.

He is scheduled to be sentenced on January 13, 2023. The charge of assaulting, resisting or hindering a law enforcement officer carries a statutory maximum of eight years in prison. The federal assault charge carries a statutory maximum of one year. Both charges also carry potential financial penalties. A federal district court judge will determine any sentence after considering the US Sentencing Guidelines and other legal factors.

Woods is one of more than 30 Illinois residents charged in the Capitol riots.

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