A Rochester man is facing charges in connection with the riot at the Capitol Building in Washington, D.C. last week.

"The criminal complaint charges that on or about January 6, 2021, in the District of Columbia that Mr. Pezzola corruptly obstructed, influenced, or impeded an official proceeding or attempted to do so," said Judge Marion Payson of the Western District of New York.  

Dominic Pezzola, 43, is facing three charges and up to 20 years in federal prison if convicted, according to court records.

Judge Payson says Pezzola turned himself in Friday morning and appeared in court virtually from the Livingston County Jail.

The U.S. Attorney's Office complaint says Pezzola can be seen on video smashing a window at the Capitol with a police shield last Wednesday and going inside.

Bail was revoked as the judge deemed Pezzola a flight risk and a danger to the community.

He will remain behind bars until a detention hearing in Washington, D.C.

His next court date is not yet set.

Pezzola is an Aquinas graduate.

The school released a statement saying:

"We are genuinely saddened when we are informed that a graduate may have lost his or her way from these principles and ideals. Aquinas does not condone actions that lead to violence and destruction, and we pray for all parties involved."

—Aquinas Institute of Rochester