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Joseph Howe

At approximately 20 minutes and 18 seconds into this video, Howe can be seen in the hours leading up to the initial breach of the Capitol Building speaking to the camera operator saying: “We’re getting in that building.”  Howe and Michael Sparks were both involved in a crowd that got into an altercation with Police in the scaffolding structure on the Northwest steps. USCP security footage from CCTV shows that at approximately 2:09 pm, Howe pushed a Capitol police officer who was attempting to block the crowd—Howe included—from progressing up the stairs.  Howe was among the first to arrive at a police line that was the last line of defense blocking access to the Upper West Terrace and the Senate Wing Door.  At approximately 2:13 pm, Howe, wearing the same clothing
identified in this video, including goggles and gas mask, is seen entering the U.S. Capitol
through the Senate Wing Door.  Just before he enters, the Senate Wing Door had been kicked open
by other rioters who entered through the same broken window that Sparks jumped through seconds


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

  • First Name(s): Joseph
  • Last Name(s): Howe
  • Case Number: 21-cr-87
  • Arrest Location: Elizabethtown, KY
  • Judge: Timothy Kelly
  • Entry Last Updated: 09/27/2023
  • Date Docket Downloaded: 12/27/2022
  • Currently Incarcerated: No
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Obstruction of an Official Proceeding (1) Civil Disorder (3) Assaulting, Resisting, or Impeding Certain Officers (4) Assaulting, Resisting, or Impeding Certain Officers (5) Destruction of Government Property (6) Entering and Remaining in a Restricted Building or Grounds with a Deadly or Dangerous Weapon (7) Disorderly and Disruptive Conduct in a Restricted Building or Grounds with a Deadly or Dangerous Weapon (8) Engaging in Physical Violence in a Restricted Building or Grounds with a Deadly or Dangerous Weapon (9) Disorderly Conduct in a Capitol Building (12) Act of physical Violence in the Capitol Grounds or Buildings (13) Parading, Demonstrating, or Picketing in any of the Capitol Buildings (14)

Case Status

Arrested 10/28/22. On 11/09/2022 the case #22-mj-231 was closed and merged with case #21-cr-87 (Michael Sparks). Second Superseding Indictment (doc #39) filed 11/9/22. Released on personal recognizance on 11/10/22. Entered a plea of not guilty to all counts on 11/14/22. Howe plead guilty to counts 1 and 4 on 8/1/23. Sentencing occurs on 10/20/23 at 2pm in Courtroom 11.

USA Attorney

Emily W. Allen
Assistant United States Attorneys 601 D Street N.W. Washington, D.C. 20530 email- [email protected] phone- (907) 271-4724

USA Attorney

Sonia Mittal
Assistant United States Attorney United States Attorney’s Office for the District of Columbia Illinois Bar No. 6314706 email- [email protected] phone- (202) 821-9470

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