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Virginia Man Convicted of Felony and Misdemeanor Charges for Actions During Jan. 6 Capitol Breach

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

         WASHINGTON – A Virginia man was convicted today of felony and misdemeanor charges related to his conduct during the Jan. 6, 2021, breach of the U.S. Capitol. His actions and the actions 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.

         Antonio Lamotta, 64, of Chesapeake, Virginia, was found guilty in U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia of civil disorder, a felony. In addition to the felony, Lamotta was convicted of two misdemeanor offenses of disorderly conduct in a Capitol building and parading, demonstrating or picketing in a Capitol building.

         Lamotta was convicted following a bench trial before U.S. District Court Judge Jia M. Cobb and will be sentenced on July 30, 2024.  

         According to court documents, Lamotta traveled from Chesapeake, VA to Washington, D.C., on Jan. 4, 2021, and told other “patriots” to “get in here asap” via Facebook. On Jan. 6, 2021, Lamotta attended a rally near the Senate Russell Building and later approached the U.S. Capitol from the East side, where rioters had seized control of the area.

         Lamotta and other rioters forced their way into the building through the East Rotunda Doors despite the blaring alarm and U.S. Capitol Police officers fighting to keep them out of the building. Once inside, Lamotta continued pushing forward in the direction of the Rotunda. He observed law enforcement officers trying to clear the area, turned to the rioters behind him, put his arm up, and waved – eight times – motioning rioters toward the Rotunda. A line of officers then began to push the rioters out; however, Lamotta attempted to stand his ground as some in the crowd around him violently resisted the officers.

         Officers ultimately forced Lamotta and others out through the East Rotunda Door at approximately 3:30 p.m. Lamotta remained on Capitol grounds until approximately 5 p.m.

         The FBI arrested Lamotta on Aug. 16, 2022.

         The U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Columbia and the Department of Justice National Security Division’s Counterterrorism Section prosecuted this case. The U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of Virginia provided valuable assistance.

         The FBI’s Washington Field Office investigated this case. The United States 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 21, 2024

Violent Crime
Press Release Number: 24-254