Jan. 6 participant who stole from Pelosi's office gets 4 year prison sentence

 July 15, 2023

A participant in the Capitol protests of Jan. 6, 2021, who stole items from then-House Speaker Nancy Pelosi's (D-CA) office just received a four-year prison sentence for his actions. 

The participant, according to the Washington Examineris Kevin James Lyons, a 40-year-old father from Chicago, Illinois.

What did he do?

During the Jan. 6, 2021, Capitol protest, Lyons stole two items from Pelosi's office: a photograph of the late U.S. Rep. John Lewis (D-GA) that was sitting on Pelosi's desk and a wallet that Lyons found in the jacket pocket of one of Pelosi's staff members.

Not long thereafter, Lyons revealed what he had done to friends of his via text message.

Lyons sent to his friends a picture of the stolen photograph, and, he captioned the picture: "I took this off Pelosi’s f***ing desk!! We f***ing did it!!"

Within minutes, Lyons sent his friends a second text message, writing, "I’m pretty confident I am now a multiple Federal felon."

How Lyons was caught:

It only took the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) a couple of days - until Jan. 8, 2021 - to track Lyons down.

The FBI did so via Lyon's social media, specifically using a photograph of Washington, D.C., that he posted to Instagram with the caption, "I refuse to tell my children that I sat back and did nothing. I am heading to DC to STOP THE STEAL!"

When confronted by the FBI, Lyons claimed that they had no proof of his involvement.

Convicted and sentenced

The U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) proceeded to prosecute Lyons.

In April, he was found guilty of a felony count of obstruction of an official proceeding, of disorderly and disruptive conduct in a restricted building, and of entering and remaining in a restricted building.

Just this past week, a sentencing hearing was held. There, Lyons pleaded with the judge for leniency, expressing remorse for what he had done. Lyons told the judge:

I'm a pretty eccentric person, you might be able to tell. I let the crowd and the mob and stuff kind of take over me. ... It's insane, I can't believe it . . . I’m an idiot, I realize that. I was stupid. I don’t know what came over me. ... I apologize to you, the country, and my family.

Lyons, despite his plea, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Beryl Howell to 51 months - or four years and three months - of imprisonment.

Howell claimed that Lyons has "no excuse" for his actions.

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