Chicago Man Pleads Guilty on Jan 6, Capitol Riots

A Chicago man pleaded guilty Friday to a felony for his role in the United States Capitol riots, court records show.

Athanasios Zoyganeles pleaded for a charge of parading, demonstrating, or picketing inside a Capitol. He could face up to six months in prison if convicted, which is scheduled for September 30.

Zoyganeles planned to travel to Washington weeks before the attack, and message a friend in December 2020 that he was “not for anything,” documents say.

“It’s time we took this country back,” Zoyganeles wrote, according to the indictment.

At least three people, including a former high school classmate, have provided information about Zoyganeles’ role in the breach to the FBI, records show.

Federal authorities searched video of the breach and said they saw Zoyganeles standing in front of parliamentary doors holding a piece of wood and smoking.

Last October, a close relative identified Zoyganeles in photos depicting him in and around the Capitol on Jan. 6, 2021, court records show.

Zoyganeles is one of 30 known Illinois residents indicted as a result of the investigation into the Capitol riot, the Chicago Sun-Times reported.

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