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John Strand

There were many videos on mainstream news sites that depicted people in the Capitol Building. In the video, timestamped 2:27-2:29 p.m. Strand and Gold can be seen walking with a companion through National Statuary Hall, which is located inside the Capitol.  Gold stated “I can certainly speak to the place that I was, and it most emphatically was not a riot,” and “Where I was, was incredibly peaceful.”  There is no account of any acts of violence done by either Strand or Gold.

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


Obstruction of an Official Proceeding, Aiding and Abetting (1) Entering and Remaining in a Restricted Building or Grounds (2) Disruptive and Disorderly Conduct in a Restricted Building (3) Parading, Demonstrating, or Picketing in a Capitol Building (4)

Case Status

Arrested 1/18/21 in the Central District of California. Released on conditions on 1/28/21. Indicted on 2/5/21 and arraigned on 2/25/21. Strand plead not guilty to all counts on 2/25/21. His jury trial began on 9/19/22. On 9/27, a jury rendered him guilty on all counts. Sentencing held on 6/1/2023, committed to the custody of the Bureau of Prisons for a term of 32 months as to Count 1, 12 months as to each Counts 2 and 3, and 6 months as to each Counts 4 and 5, with all counts to be served concurrently. Further sentenced to serve a 36 month period of supervised release. Special assessment of $170, Restitution in the amount of $2000 and a $10,000 fine.

USA Attorney

April Holly Ayres-Perez
April Holly Ayres-Perez US Attorney's Office Southern District of TX 11204 McPherson Rd. Ste 100A Laredo, TX 78045 956 723 6523 [email protected] LEAD ATTORNEY ATTORNEY TO BE NOTICED Designation: US Assistant Attorney

USA Attorney

Melissa Joy Jackson
Melissa Joy Jackson US Attorney's Office for the District of Columbia 555 4th Street, NW Washington, DC 20530 202 252 7786 [email protected] LEAD ATTORNEY ATTORNEY TO BE NOTICED US Assistant Attorney

John Strand's Mailing Address

John Herbert Strand-26117-509
P.O. BOX 779800
MIAMI, FL 33177
Release date 10/18/25

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