Updates on Capital Region natives arrested in Jan. 6 insurrection
More than 700 hundred people across the country were arrested for their involvement in the Jan.6 Capitol riot. Some of those arrested live right here in the Capital Region.
On Jan. 6, we all saw the videos of people who stormed the U.S. Capitol and even fought Capitol Police officers. Some of those people who were arrested were Capital Region natives. James Bonet, Jonathan Munafo, William Tryon and Brandon Fellows were among those locally who faced charges.
Last year, we spoke to Brandon Fellows, the 2012 Niskayuna High grad. During our interview, he wore a fake beard and sunglasses. He wore those at the Capitol as well.
Fellows says at the time he did not know he was not supposed to be inside the Capitol and insists police let him in. He was charged with restricted building or grounds, along with violent entry. According to the United States Attorney’s Office website, he was arrested last January and again in June. He remains behind bars.
James Bonet from Glens Falls faced multiple charges, including violent entry and disorderly conduct. Bonet posted a picture of himself smoking as he entered the Capitol. He entered a plea agreement in October and is scheduled to be sentenced in February.
Jonathan Munafo also faced multiple charges. According to court documents, he was arrested and indicted in April. He pleaded not guilty to all counts. He remains behind bars.
William Tryon of Selkirk faced a couple of charges, including violent entry and disorderly conduct. NewsChannel 13 met him previously at a Blue Lives Matter rally in Schenectady. According to court documents, he entered a plea agreement in October. He is scheduled to be sentenced on January 14.
On Thursday, NewsChannel 13 touched base with Tryon’s attorney. He said his client did not want to be interviewed.
It’s also important to note that former Malta Zoning Board Member Sharon Pineo was photographed being escorted away from Capitol police. As far as we know, she was not charged with any crimes.