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Parrish man photographed with Pelosi lectern during insurrection pleads guilty

Court records show that 36-year-old Adam Johnson, of Parrish, pleaded guilty Monday in Washington federal court to one count of entering or remaining in any restricted building.
Adam Christian Johnson, a Florida man who was photographed carrying a lectern belonging to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s office at the U.S. Capitol during the Jan. 6 insurrection, has pleaded guilty for his part in the riot. Court records show that the 36-year-old Parrish man pleaded guilty Monday in Washington federal court to one count of entering or remaining in any restricted building.
Adam Christian Johnson, a Florida man who was photographed carrying a lectern belonging to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s office at the U.S. Capitol during the Jan. 6 insurrection, has pleaded guilty for his part in the riot. Court records show that the 36-year-old Parrish man pleaded guilty Monday in Washington federal court to one count of entering or remaining in any restricted building. [ Getty Images | Pinellas County Sheriff's Office ]
Published Nov. 22
Updated Nov. 22

WASHINGTON — A Florida man photographed carrying a lectern belonging to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s office at the U.S. Capitol during the Jan. 6 insurrection pleaded guilty Monday for his part in the riot.

Adam Johnson, 36, pleaded guilty in Washington federal court to one count of entering or remaining in any restricted building, according to court records. Federal prosecutors have agreed not to seek prison time for the Parrish man, but a judge will make a final decision at a hearing scheduled for Feb. 25.

Related: Jailed in Pinellas: Florida man photographed carrying Pelosi’s lectern

A plea agreement recommends that Johnson pay $500 restitution for his share of the damage. Prosecutors have said the riot caused nearly $1.5 million in damage to the U.S. Capitol.

In addition to the viral photo carrying the lectern, Adam Johnson also streamed a Facebook live video, apparently as he walked the halls of the U.S. Capitol. His Facebook page was later taken down.
In addition to the viral photo carrying the lectern, Adam Johnson also streamed a Facebook live video, apparently as he walked the halls of the U.S. Capitol. His Facebook page was later taken down. [ Facebook ]

Authorities say Pelosi’s offices were among those breached by the mob objecting to Democratic President Joe Biden’s election victory over former Republican President Donald Trump. Five people died in the violence.

A photo that circulated around the world after the violent uprising showed a grinning, waving man identified as Johnson carrying the lectern through the Capitol rotunda with the clearly visible words “Seal of the Speaker United States House of Representatives.” Johnson is wearing a knit cap that says “Trump” on it.

A second photo shows Johnson posing with a sign in the Capitol that says “closed to all tours.”

Johnson was quickly identified by acquaintances through social media, according to the FBI. He was arrested two days after the riot and booked into the Pinellas County jail.

In this Jan. 11 Times file photo, Adam Christian Johnson, 36, of Parrish, leaves federal court in Tampa with his attorneys, Dan Eckhart, left, and David Bigney. Johnson, who was photographed carrying a lectern belonging to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s office at the U.S. Capitol during the Jan. 6 insurrection, pleaded guilty Monday for his part in the riot.
In this Jan. 11 Times file photo, Adam Christian Johnson, 36, of Parrish, leaves federal court in Tampa with his attorneys, Dan Eckhart, left, and David Bigney. Johnson, who was photographed carrying a lectern belonging to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s office at the U.S. Capitol during the Jan. 6 insurrection, pleaded guilty Monday for his part in the riot. [ DAN SULLIVAN | Times ]

The wooden lectern, valued at about $1,000, was later recovered undamaged in a hallway on the Senate side of the Capitol, officials said.

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