Man charged with interfering in elections related to Capitol riots

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At a preliminary hearing last year, lawyers for both men argued there was no evidence they interfered or attempted to interfere in election-related activities. Lawyers said it appeared the men were being punished for their beliefs, including supporting false theories that the presidential election was fraudulent.

The criminal complaint against LaMotta for his alleged actions on Jan. 6 says he was identified through images captured by Capitol security cameras as well as police body cameras. LaMotta was also identified by an FBI agent who interviewed him in Philadelphia after his arrest.

“LaMotta entered the Capitol through the doors of the east rotunda at approximately 3:21 p.m.,” the federal complaint reads. “He was part of a group of rioters who pushed past police officers who were working to block access to the building. Police pushed LaMotta along with other rioters out of the building at around 3:29 p.m.

More than 350 Capitol Riot defendants have pleaded guilty, mostly to misdemeanor charges. People convicted of misdemeanors have received prison sentences ranging from probation to eight months behind bars.

No attorney for LaMotta was listed in federal court documents related to the Capitol riot case. His attorney for the Philadelphia case, Lauren Wimmer, did not immediately respond to an email seeking comment.

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Associated Press writer Alanna Durkin Richer contributed to this report.

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