Man who raided US Capitol dressed as figure from the Book of Mormon pleads guilty

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    Person in the Book of Mormon; Nephite military commander

A Cottonwood man who took part in the Jan. 6 raid on the U.S. Capitol dressed in a gladiator costume meant to evoke Captain Moroni, a figure from the Book of Mormon, pleaded guilty Friday to a federal misdemeanor charge.

Nathan Wayne Entrekin admitted to parading, demonstrating or picketing in the Capitol. He could face, under the plea agreement, a maximum sentence of six months in prison. Sentencing was scheduled for April.

Entrekin was among at least 10 Arizonans who were charged for their actions during the Jan. 6, 2021, raid on the U.S. Capitol. The incursion caused an hourslong interruption in a joint session of Congress convened to certify President Joe Biden's victory in the 2020 election over former President Donald Trump.

Entrekin spent 13 minutes inside the U.S. Capitol on that January 2021 day, according to court papers filed with the plea agreement. He entered the Capitol twice, according to the statement of offense.

The first time, Entrekin entered a fire door near the Senate parliamentarian’s office, the document says. He left about four minutes later after law enforcement officers pushed him and fellow rioters out, the document says.

He then spent about six minutes on a plaza recording videos and taking pictures, the document says, before reentering the Capitol through another door.

Once back inside, Entrekin walked around the first floor of the U.S. Capitol joining in chants of “U-S-A” and “our house,” the document says. He left the Capitol for the second and final time about nine minutes later, the document says.

As part of his plea agreement, Entrekin signed a document that stated he knew he didn’t have permission to enter or remain in the Capitol both times he went inside.

An unnamed informant tipped off the FBI that Entrekin was in photographs taken at the U.S. Capitol raid. The FBI talked to Entrekin at his Cottonwood home in February.

During that interview, he agreed to let FBI agents look at photos and videos that were on his phone. In some of those videos, Entrekin narrated his actions at the U.S. Capitol, at times addressing his mother, the apparent intended audience.

“I’m here, Mom!” he said in one video, according to prosecutors.

Entrekin was arrested in July at his home in Cottonwood, a northern Arizona city south of Sedona in Arizona's Verde Valley.

Entrekin was initially charged with a single count. But in November, prosecutors added four more criminal counts.

He agreed to the plea deal, dismissing all but the single count of parading in the Capitol building, in late December.

Entrekin was one of at least two Arizonans who took part in the Capitol raid dressed in costume.

Jake Angeli, who became known as the QAnon Shaman, walked through the Capitol and briefly took the U.S. Senate dais while wearing a fur hat with horns, face paint and shirtless, showing off elaborate tattoos on his chest.

Angeli was sentenced to a 41-month prison sentence in November.

Entrekin wore a gladiator costume, complete with red cape, black studded bands and a gold headband. Though the costume exposed his legs, Entrekin’s denim shorts could be seen underneath.

Entrekin carried a pole with a white banner attached to it. The banner read: “In memory of our God, our religion, and freedom, and our peace, our wives, and our children.”

That slogan, prosecutors said, was the battle cry of Captain Moroni. In the Book of Mormon, prosecutors said, Moroni and his followers executed anyone who did not believe in that phrase nor prize democracy over tyranny.

Prosecutors said that Entrekin posted on his Twitter page on Dec. 31, 2020: “Hey Patriots! Captain Moroni is coming to DC on Jan 6. Yay!”

This article originally appeared on Arizona Republic: Man who raided US Capitol dressed in gladiator costume pleads guilty

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