Kingston man sentenced to prison for involvement in January 6 riot

A Kingston man was sentenced to more than 7 years in federal prison Wednesday after his conviction for taking part in the Jan. 6, 2021 riot at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C.

According to the U.S. Attorney’s Office in the District of Columbia, Taylor James Johnatakis, 40, was sentenced to 87 months in prison and ordered to pay $2,000 in restitution by U.S. District Judge Royce C. Lamberth, following his November conviction on seven charges, including three felonies.

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Johnatakis was convicted of obstruction of an official proceeding, civil disorder, and assaulting, resisting or impeding certain officers, all felony charges. Johnatakis was also convicted of four misdemeanor crimes related to his actions that day, when the certification of President Joe Biden’s election by Congress was delayed after supporters of former President Donald Trump stormed the Capitol building. The misdemeanor charges were listed as entering and remaining in a restricted building or grounds; disorderly and disruptive conduct in a restricted building or grounds; engaging in physical violence in a restricted building or grounds; and engaging in an act of physical violence in the grounds of any of the Capitol building.

According to a statement from the U.S. Attorney’s office, Johnatakis posted numerous messages to social media revealing his intent to obstruct the election certification. As previously reported by the Kitsap Sun, Johnatakis also confirmed his presence at the U.S. Capitol that day on his personal podcast. The U.S. Attorney’s office cited a post by Johnatakis in which he is alleged to have said …”I am going to DC, to CHANGE the course of HISTORY #stopthesteal.” That same day, he also posted “[B]urn the city down. What the British did to DC will be nothing…”

Johnatakis is the second man from Kitsap County to be found guilty by a jury of crimes associated with the events of Jan. 6. In April, David Charles Rhine, of Bremerton, was also found guilty of four misdemeanor charges for trespassing by a jury in U.S. District Court of the District of Columbia. Rhine was sentenced to four months in prison.

A third man, John M. Cameron of Port Orchard, pleaded guilty in 2022 to a count of parading, demonstrating or picketing in a capitol building and was later sentenced to 36 months of probation and 30 days of intermittent confinement. Cameron was also ordered to pay a $1,000 fine and $500 in restitution to the Architect of the Capitol. A judge later vacated the confinement requirement and allowed for placement at a residential reentry center for 30 days, according to court records.

Kitsap Sun archives were used to report this story.


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