A man convicted of attempted murder who joined a white supremacist prison gang and then later took part in the Trumpian attempt to overthrow the government was allowed on Monday to plead guilty to a misdemeanor charge related to the January 6th riot in the U.S. Capitol.
Michael Curzio, 35, was sentenced to six months in jail with credit for time served on all but two days of that sentence. The Florida man was arrested after refusing Capitol Police orders to leave the building during the riot and was taken into federal custody on January 14th. He was formally charged on January 15th with four misdemeanor counts: Entering a restricted building; disorderly and disruptive conduct in a restricted building; violent entry in the Capitol Building; and parading or demonstrating in the Capitol Building. He will be released from jail on Wednesday because due to his prior criminal record, he’s remained in lockup since his initial arrest.
Curzio and a second defendant, Thomas Gallagher, had agreed to plead guilty to one count of parading, demonstrating, or picketing in a Capitol building. That crime carries a maximum sentence of six months in prison, and since he had already been in custody for nearly the full sentence, Judge Carl Nichols ordered for him to be released on Wednesday.
Latest Jan. 6 plea deal involves Michael Curzio, who was charged with misdemeanors but the govt successfully argued to keep him detained, citing alleged joining of mob/refusal of request to leave + previous serious conviction + past white supremacist ties https://t.co/mpSjckR2mn pic.twitter.com/idc6Z6avsQ
— Zoe Tillman (@ZoeTillman) July 8, 2021
During an appearance in court on Monday, Curzio admitted to the misdemeanor. “I did parade, demonstrate, picket. You have that on video. I’m not going to deny it. I accept responsibility for my actions, and I want to thank you for being fair,” Curzio said to the judge.
#CapitolRiot: A status hearing set for tomorrow afternoon for Michael Curzio, of Florida, has been reset to a plea hearing on Monday. Curzio is charged with entering a restricted building or grounds and violent entry/disorderly conduct on Capitol grounds. @wusa9 @EricFlackTV pic.twitter.com/hAiSUtIYMC
— Jordan Fischer (@JordanOnRecord) July 8, 2021