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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Friday, September 30, 2022

Texas Woman Sentenced to 180 Days in Jail After Jury Verdict Related to Capitol Breach

Defendant Was Physically Removed from Capitol Grounds

            WASHINGTON – A Texas woman has been found guilty in the Superior Court of the District of Columbia of a misdemeanor charge for resisting efforts by law enforcement officers to clear the U.S. Capitol grounds after the Jan. 6, 2021, Capitol breach.

            Micki Larson-Olson, 53, of Abilene, Texas, was found guilty by a jury on Sept. 29, 2022, of unlawful entry onto public property, a District of Columbia offense. She was sentenced today by the Honorable Michael O’Keefe to a 180-day jail term.

            According to the government’s evidence, on the afternoon of Jan. 6, 2021, officers from the Metropolitan Police Department responded to the west side of the Capitol to assist the U.S. Capitol Police in clearing individuals from the grounds. The officers remained there for hours, clearing an enormous crowd illegally gathered on the grounds. At approximately 5:15 p.m., officers were clearing individuals from the scaffolding on the west side of the Capitol. They approached Larson-Olson, who was dressed in a Captain America costume and holding two flags in the air. Officers repeatedly asked her to leave. She refused, lowering herself down and holding onto the scaffolding with her arms and legs, actively resisting the officers’ orders. During the incident, she swore at officers and called them “traitors.” It took six officers who were forced to physically carry her from the scaffolding area as she screamed at and fought them.

            The case was prosecuted by the Superior Court Division of the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Columbia. This was the first trial of a Jan. 6-related case in the Superior Court.

            The case was investigated by the Criminal Investigations Unit of the U.S. Attorney’s Office in the District of Columbia.

            In the 20 months since Jan. 6, 2021, more than 870 individuals have been arrested in nearly all 50 states for crimes related to the breach of the U.S. Capitol, including over 265 individuals charged with assaulting or impeding law enforcement. The investigation remains ongoing. 

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

Topic(s): 
Violent Crime
Press Release Number: 
22-326
Updated September 30, 2022