DENVER — Littleton resident Patrick Montgomery, 48, uploaded evidence of his insurrection in social media postings, according to a federal arrest warrant outlining the federal case filed against him.
Montgomery is facing two charges following the Jan. 6 siege on the U.S. Capitol that left five people dead. They include:
- Knowingly entering or remaining in any restricted building or grounds without lawful authority
- Violent entry and disorderly conduct on Capitol grounds.
Court records contain several images of Montgomery, including one where he appears inside the Senate Chambers.
9NEWS Legal Expert Scott Robinson said Montgomery could face up to a year in prison if convicted of these charges.
Montgomery appeared virtually in U.S. District Court on Tuesday afternoon and was likely released on an unsecured $5,000 bond.
“We stormed the Senate…opened those Chamber door for Transparency!” Montgomery posted on social media, according to federal court documents.
Records indicate several people recognized Montgomery from social media postings. In response to people who contacted him, Montgomery reacted defiantly, according to the federal warrant.
“I didn’t storm the castle violently," Montgomery told someone, according to his federal court case documents. "My group was let in peacefully by the police we were talking to with respect. We came a[n]d left peacefully before the anarchist and Antifa showed up breaking shit and being hoodlums."
There is no evidence to support his claim about Antifa and anarchists.
“Following others into a restricted area is a federal offense whether you battered down the door or walk in after others forced the entry," said Robinson. "Doesn’t matter at all to the courts, and it won’t matter at all to anyone at all but perhaps the sentencing judge."
“Got nothing to hide,” he told someone else who sent him a message.
In 2007, Montgomery, a professional hunting guide, was found guilty of a misdemeanor for hunting, trapping, or fishing without permission.
In Oregon in 2002 he was charged with two DUI misdemeanors and accused of violating a wildlife license.
Two additional Coloradans have also been charged in connection with the attempted coup. Robert Gieswein, 24, of Woodland Park and Olympian Klete Keller also face charges.
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