Goshen man pleads guilty to involvement in Jan. 6 riot at U.S. Capitol

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Jeffrey Munger, of Goshen, is photographed outside what appears to be the U.S. Capitol Building on January 6, 2021, according to a statement of facts released by The United States Attorney’s Office for the District of Columbia.
Jeffrey Munger, of Goshen, is photographed outside what appears to be the U.S. Capitol Building on January 6, 2021, according to a statement of facts released by The United States Attorney’s Office for the District of Columbia.

Update:Jeffrey Munger pleaded guilty to parading, demonstrating, or picketing in a Capitol Building during a hearing on May 20, 2022, according to federal court records. A sentencing hearing for Munger is set for Sept. 20, 2022, at 10 a.m. 

A northern Indiana man admitted to climbing through a broken window to enter the U.S. Capitol building before his arrest on charges connected to the Jan. 6 riot, according to a federal court document.

Jeffrey Munger, 55, of Goshen, told investigators he went inside the building because the crowd behind him was pushing him into a corner and the only way to leave was through the building, according to a document released by The United States Attorney’s Office for the District of Columbia.

Munger was interviewed at his home in December, in which he told investigators he saw people trying to force open doors and heard breaking glass before entering the building.

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He was arrested Wednesday, March 23, and charged with entering and remaining in a restricted building or grounds, disorderly and disruptive conduct in a restricted building or grounds, disorderly conduct in a Capitol Building and parading, demonstrating or picketing in a Capitol building.

Using a map provided by the investigators, Munger circled the area where he entered through a window near the Senate Wing Door on the northwest side of the U.S. Capitol building, according to a court document.

Footage obtained from the U.S. Capitol building's closed circuit video appears to show Jeffrey Munger, of Goshen, climbing into the Capitol building on January 6, 2021, according to a statement of facts released by The United States Attorney’s Office for the District of Columbia.
Footage obtained from the U.S. Capitol building's closed circuit video appears to show Jeffrey Munger, of Goshen, climbing into the Capitol building on January 6, 2021, according to a statement of facts released by The United States Attorney’s Office for the District of Columbia.

Closed circuit video from the U.S. Capitol building appears to show Munger climbing through the window at about 2:50 p.m. then exiting through the Senate Wing door 14 minutes later, according to a court document.

Munger told investigators he took photos while inside, but said he never heard any commands from law enforcement to exit the building. He told investigators he walked down the hall, saw people smoking marijuana then decided to leave, according to a court document.

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Munger identified himself as the person within the red circles in several photos from inside the U.S. Capitol building during the Jan. 6 riot. He also identified himself in several photos obtained by investigators via search warrant from his Google account, according to a court document.

Investigators photographed the coat and hat he wore on the day of the riot, which Munger still had in his possession, according to a court document.

Footage obtained from the U.S. Capitol building's closed circuit video appears to show Jeffrey Munger, of Goshen, taking a photo after climbing into the Capitol building on  January 6, 2021, according to a statement of facts released by The United States Attorney’s Office for the District of Columbia.
Footage obtained from the U.S. Capitol building's closed circuit video appears to show Jeffrey Munger, of Goshen, taking a photo after climbing into the Capitol building on January 6, 2021, according to a statement of facts released by The United States Attorney’s Office for the District of Columbia.

Munger is the fifth Indiana resident to be charged this month in connection with the Capitol riot.

Nancy Barron, of Patriot in Switzerland County, was charged after turning herself in to authorities last week. She first contacted the FBI the day after the riot to report she was inside the Capitol building, according to federal court documents.

Jared Cantrell and Quentin Cantrell, of Indianapolis, and Eric Cantrell, of Greenwood, were arrested March 10 after investigators found video of the three men entering the Capitol building during the riot, according to federal court documents.

In total, 14 people with Indiana ties have been charged in connection with the riots.

Bloomfield woman became the first person sentenced for her role in the insurrection and a guitarist from Columbus was the first person charged in the attack to enter a plea.

Munger did not return a request for comment before publication of this story.

Contact Jake Allen at  jake.allen@indystar.com. Follow him on Twitter @Jake_Allen19.

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