A Riverside man who reportedly took photos of himself inside the U.S. Capitol during the Jan. 6 insurrection was sentenced Monday, Jan. 30, to a year and a half in prison.
Andrew Alan Hernandez, a former Marine, pleaded guilty in September to aiding and abetting in the obstruction of an official proceeding, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office. Hernandez also was ordered to pay $2,000 in restitution.
Hernandez, 45, had flown to Washington, D.C. from Phoenix, Arizona, where he was working on a construction project, according to court documents.
On the day of the breach, he joined a large group of people who had gathered for the “Stop the Steal” rally at the Ellipse park, south of the White House, according to court documents. He was wearing a backpack and U.S. flag on a pole with a camera attached, and stood near a series of bicycle racks meant to keep people from illegally entering the Capitol grounds.
Around 2 p.m., the crowd pushed down the barricades with Hernandez following and making his way up the steps leading to the East Plaza, pushing towards the Rotunda door.
Hernandez entered the Capitol shortly after and made his way to the Senate Gallery, where he remained for about 15 minutes, according to the court documents. He took selfies inside the Senate gallery before leaving.
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Hernandez was arrested on Feb. 25, 2021, in Riverside after he was identified by his former employer who recognized him in a photo published by the New York Times with Hernandez wearing a shirt and hat with a company logo on it while inside the Capitol.
The company fired Hernandez for “misrepresenting the company in illegal activities,” according to the affidavit.
The name of the company was not disclosed.
More than 950 people nationwide have been arrested and charged in connection with the Jan. 6 insurrection, when thousands of pro-Trump supporters took part in an at-times violent but ultimately failed effort to stop Congress from certifying President Joe Biden’s electoral victory.