TEXAS — Yet another Texas man has been sentenced for his involvement in the Jan. 6, 2021, riot at the U.S. Capitol.
Thirty-eight-year-old Geoffrey Shough, of Austin, was sentenced to six months in prison for interfering with a law enforcement officer during a civil disorder. Shough was arrested March 1, 2022, in Austin and pleaded guilty on Aug. 16. In addition to prison sentence, he will also face 12 months of supervised release and restitution of $2,000.
Court documents say Shough was among the rioters that day and was captured on video waving a Texas flag. Investigators additionally said he was wearing a jacket over body armor. He was also wearing a ballistic-style helmet, goggles and hard-knuckle gloves.
The DOJ claims Shough was among the first rioters to breach a line of uniformed U.S. Capitol Police officers who were attempting to keep people out of the building.
Investigators further said Shough, after helping rioters overwhelm police, “engaged in a very animated conversation with one or more of the officers.”
During his plea hearing, Shough acknowledged he had told the officers they “should go home.”
Since the riot took place, more than 1,000 people have been arrested across nearly all 50 states for crimes related to the breach. More than 300 were charged with assault or impeding law enforcement. Investigations are ongoing.