January 6th demonstrator Ray Epps was charged with disorderly conduct on Tuesday, nearly three years after the unrest that occurred at the Capitol.
Already, NBC News indicated that Epps plans to take a plea deal on the misdemeanor charge.
“Epps is charged with one misdemeanor count, disorderly or disruptive conduct on restricted grounds. He was charged by information which suggests that he plans to enter a plea deal,” NBC reported.
Epps has been scrutinized by conservative activists and lawmakers after people questioned why he wasn’t charged despite being a lead instigator of the unrest that occurred on January 6th.
He was caught on video telling demonstrators that they needed to ‘go into the Capitol’ and admitted over text that he ‘orchestrated’ the unrest.
People are already questioning the timing and lenience of his charges despite his leading role in the events that unfolded on January 6th.
Not suspicious at all!
Nearly 3 years after J6, Ray Epps is finally charged … with "disorderly conduct."
That's right. The man who yelled for people to storm the Capitol, who was video taped mulitple times actually trying to incite a riot, somehow avoids seditious conspiracy… pic.twitter.com/gxGHcbiuOq
— Charlie Kirk (@charliekirk11) September 19, 2023
Other January 6th protesters who were not accused of inciting violence or violent actions, such as Richard Barnett, the man pictured putting his feet on Nancy Pelosi’s desk, have been sentenced to years in prison. Barnett was given a four-and-a-half-year sentence for entering Pelosi’s office in the Capitol, according to Politico.
In another particularly egregious example, Proud Boys leader Enrique Tarrio was sentenced to twenty-two years in prison on seditious conspiracy charges despite not even being present at the Capitol on January 6th.
Here’s your reminder of what Ray Epps did on January 6th.
Ray Epps ACTIVELY encouraged people to go to the Capitol.
Enrique Tarrio was sentenced to 22 years and wasn’t present at the Capitol that day. pic.twitter.com/jyYdAhct47
— TheDeplorableVeteran🇺🇸 (@DeplorableVet84) September 19, 2023
While some may be heartened to see that Epps was finally held accountable for his actions on January 6th, it’s likely that his prosecution will result in more questions than answers.