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Southern Minnesota man pleads guilty for role in Jan. 6 Capitol riot

A Blue Earth, Minn., man pleaded guilty Tuesday to being at the front of the crowd with other supporters of then-President Donald Trump during the Jan. 6 insurrection at the U.S. Capitol more than three years ago.

Paul Orta Jr., 35, entered his plea in U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia to civil disorder and aiding and abetting. A criminal complaint filed in November, laden with photographs, showed Orta tossing aside police barricades, rushing toward a line of officers and going into restricted areas of the Capitol as the House of Representatives was certifying Joe Biden's election victory over Trump.

The plea agreement noted that federal sentencing guidelines call for Orta to receive a prison term ranging from eight to 14 months. However, federal judges have full discretion when sentencing defendants and are not bound by guidelines calculation.


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