Mark K. Ponder

Mark Ponder is pictured swinging a pole at USCP.  He struck an officer on the left shoulder.  Ponder was tackled by Capitol Police shortly thereafter.  It is not clear if he entered the Capitol 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): Mark
  • Last Name(s): Ponder
  • Case Number: 1:21-cr-259
  • Arrest Location: Washington, DC
  • Judge: G. Michael Harvey
  • Judge: Tanya Chutkan
  • Entry Last Updated: 12/18/2022
  • Date Docket Downloaded: 09/09/2021
  • Currently Incarcerated: Yes
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Charges

Knowingly Entering or Remaining in any Restricted Building or Grounds Without Lawful Authority (1) Violent Entry and Disorderly Conduct on Capitol Grounds (2) Obstruction of Law Enforcement During Civil Disorder (3) Obstruction of Justice/Congress (4) Assaulting a Federal Officer with a Dangerous or Deadly Weapon (5)

Case Status

Arrested on 03/17/2021. Ponder was indicted on 3/26/21 in the District of Columbia. Ponder pleaded not guilty to counts 1-12 on 3/31/21. On 4/22/22, Ponder plead guilty to count 1. On 7/26/22, he was sentenced to 63 months of incarceration, 36 months of supervised release;, a special assessment of $100 and restitution in the amount of $2,000 dollars.

USA Attorney

Jocelyn Bond
Jocelyn Bond USAO-DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA 555 Fourth Street, N.W.-Washington, DC. 20530 202 252 [email protected] LEAD ATTORNEY-ATTORNEY TO BE NOTICED-Designation: Assistant U.S. Attorney

Prison Name

Mark K. Ponder-29147-016 FCI EDGEFIELD FEDERAL CORRECTIONAL INSTITUTION P.O. BOX 725 EDGEFIELD, SC 29824 Release date is 10/3/25

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