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One Man from Colorado and Two from Utah Found Guilty of Felony and Misdemeanor Charges Related to Jan. 6 Capitol Breach

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, District of Columbia

            WASHINGTON – One man from Colorado and two from Utah were found guilty in the District of Columbia today of felony and misdemeanor charges related to their conduct during the Jan. 6, 2021, breach of the U.S. Capitol. Their actions and those of others disrupted a joint session of the U.S. Congress convened to ascertain and count the electoral votes related to the 2020 presidential election.

            Patrick Montgomery, 51, of Littleton, Colorado, and Brady Knowlton, 43, of St. George, Utah, were each convicted of obstruction of an official proceeding, a felony. Montgomery was convicted of an additional felony offense of assaulting, resisting, or impeding certain officers and Knowlton was convicted of an additional misdemeanor offense of entering and remaining in a restricted building or grounds. Gary Wilson, 55, of Salt Lake City, Utah, was convicted of a misdemeanor offense of theft of government property.

            The three were convicted following a stipulated bench trial before U.S. District Judge Randolph D. Moss. Judge Moss will sentence the men on July 2, 2024.

            According to the stipulated facts, on the morning of Jan. 6, 2021, Montgomery, Knowlton, and Wilson met at the Yours Truly hotel in Washington, D.C., and walked to an area near the Washington Monument and the Ellipse to hear the speakers at the “Stop the Steal” rally. After the rally, the three men made their way to the West Front of the U.S. Capitol building, crossing over inside the restricted perimeter. 

            At approximately 2:02 p.m., Montgomery grabbed a law enforcement officer’s baton and attempted to wrestle it away from the officer. The officer held onto the baton and fell to the ground with Montgomery. The two then attempted to wrestle control of the baton from each other while Knowlton and Wilson watched nearby. During the scuffle, Montgomery kicked the police officer in the chest.

            After this incident, the three men ascended the Upper West Terrace Stairs with a mass of individuals and approached the Upper West Terrace Door. As they approached, the exterior double doors were propped open, people were screaming, and a loud alarm sounded as people were streaming into the Capitol building. Inside the doors, signage stated, “EMERGENCY EXIT ONLY.” The three men entered the Capitol building via the Upper West Terrace Door at approximately 2:35 p.m.

            After entering the building, the three men climbed the stairs to the second floor, entered the Rotunda, and climbed the stairs to the third floor. At about 2:40 p.m., the three were walking together in the hallway on the third floor towards the Senate Gallery, at which point Knowlton stated, in substance, “We have a right to choose our electors. We’re not going to have communist China choose them for us. We’re not going to have the Democratic Party choose them for us.” Court documents say that Montgomery and Wilson were a few feet away from Knowlton when he made this statement.

            At approximately 2:43 p.m., the three men entered the Senate Gallery, and Wilson shouted, “Treason! Treason! Treason!” with others in the area. Wilson then took a black bag containing escape hoods and protective equipment that a user puts over his head to prevent breathing in smoke or contaminated air, which were government property. Knowlton and Montgomery were standing near Wilson when he took the black bag from the Senate Gallery. Wilson later discarded the bag.

            The three men left the Senate Gallery and proceeded to the second floor to an area near the Senate Floor, where they confronted a U.S. Capitol Police officer. Knowlton yelled at the officer: “This is not about us. This is bigger than me, it’s bigger than you. It’s about this – everyone’s right to self-government . . . We’re with you guys. You think these people in this building would fight for you?” Montgomery yelled: “You gotta stop doing your job sometime and start being American. You gotta quit doing your job and be an American!” Wilson yelled: “We came all the way from our job to do your job, and the freaking Senators’ job!”

            After this confrontation, the defendants exited the Capitol building at approximately 2:53 p.m.

            The FBI arrested Patrick Montgomery on Jan. 17, 2021, in Colorado. The FBI arrested Knowlton and Wilson in Utah on April 7, 2021.

            The U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Columbia and the Department of Justice National Security Division’s Counterterrorism Section are prosecuting this case. The U.S. Attorney’s Offices for the District of Colorado and Utah provided valuable assistance.

            The FBI’s Denver, Salt Lake City, and Washington Field Offices investigated this case. The FBI listed Montgomery as BOLO (Be on the  Lookout) #459 in its seeking information photographs. The U.S. Capitol Police and the Metropolitan Police Department provided valuable assistance.

            In the 38 months since Jan. 6, 2021, more than 1,358 individuals have been charged in nearly all 50 states for crimes related to the breach of the U.S. Capitol, including more than 486 individuals charged with assaulting or impeding law enforcement, a felony. The investigation remains ongoing.

            Anyone with tips can call 1-800-CALL-FBI (800-225-5324) or visit

Updated March 20, 2024

Violent Crime
Press Release Number: 24-251