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James Ray Epps

On January 5th, 2021, Ray Epps can be seen on video taken by J6 defendant Tim Gionet (aka Baked Alaska) at the Black Lives Matter Plaza in DC.  In this video, Epps is seen and heard yelling the following: “We’re far beyond that. In fact, tomorrowI don’t even like to say it because I’ll be arrested—we need to go IN to the Capitol. We’re here to defend the Constitution. [. . .] I’m going to put this out there. I’m probably going to jail for it. Tomorrow, we need to go IN to the Capitol. IN to the Capitol. Peacefully.”  On the day of January 6th, Epps can be seen at the site of the initial breach of the Capitol Grounds shortly  before 1 PM (before President Trump’s speech ended).  He is active among the grounds throughout the next few hours, at one point even directing others in moving a metal trump sign (8 feet tall by 10 feet wide) directly towards the front lines of Police.  Shortly before leaving, at 2:12 PM, Epps sent a text message to his nephew that reads: “I was in the front with a few others. I also orchestrated it.”

Please keep in mind that in the United States, every citizen charged with a crime is presumed innocent until proven guilty.

  • First Name(s): James
  • Last Name(s): Epps
  • AKA: Ray Epps
  • Case Number: 23-cr-321
  • Arrest Location: UNKNOWN, AZ
  • Judge: James E. Boasberg
  • Entry Last Updated: 01/10/2024
  • Date Docket Downloaded: 01/03/2024
  • Currently Incarcerated: No
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Disorderly or Disruptive Conduct in a Restricted Building or Grounds (1)

Case Status

Information filed 9/18/2023; initially placed on supervised release. Plea Agreement Hearing held 9/20/2023- entered a plea of guilty to Count 1 and placed on personal recognizance. Sentencing held on 1/9/2024, sentenced to 12 months of probation, $25 Special Assessment and Restitution in the amount of $500.

Defense Lawyer

Edward J. Ungvarsky

USA Attorney

Michael M. Gordon
Assistant United States Attorney, Detailee Florida Bar No. 1026025 400 N. Tampa St., Suite 3200 Tampa, Florida 33602 Phone- (813) 274-6370 Email- [email protected]

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