Sweet traveled with his friend, Cindy Fitchett, from Virginia to attend the rally. Video surveillance depicted Sweet and Fitchett walking down a corridor in the Capitol Visitors Center, which is part of the Capitol building, shortly after 2:30 p.m., toward the end of the corridor area where U.S. Capitol Police officers had formed a defensive line. Other rioters also gathered in this corridor. The officers issued commands for the rioters to leave the building. Sweet maintains he did not hear those commands. When rioters refused their commands, the officers began arresting individuals who had unlawfully entered the building, including Sweet and Fitchett. The Federal Bureau of Investigation (“FBI”) uncovered no evidence that Sweet and Fitchett engaged in violent or disruptive conduct at the Capitol grounds or inside the building
Please keep in mind that in the United States, every citizen charged with a crime is presumed innocent until proven guilty.
- First Name(s): Douglas
- Last Name(s): Sweet
- Case Number: 1:21-cr-41
- Arrest Location: Mathews, VA
- Judge: G Michael Harvey
- Entry Last Updated: 08/11/2021
- Date Docket Downloaded: 08/19/2021
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Entering and Remaining in a Restricted Building; Disorderly and Disruptive Conduct in a Restricted Building; Violent Entry and Disorderly Conduct in a Capitol Building; Parading, Demonstrating, or Picketing in a Capitol Building
Sweet was arrested on 1/13/21 and made his initial appearance on 1/19 where he pleaded not guilty to all counts. Plea agreement hearing held 8/10. Pleaded guilty to count four. Defendant remains on personal recognizance. Sentencing set for 11/9 at 2 pm.
Channing D. Phillips Seth Adam Meinero Susan Lehr Tara Ravindra Assistant United States Attorney D.C. Bar No. 1030622 555 4th Street, N.W. Washington, D.C. 20530 (202) 252-7672 [email protected]
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