With the anniversary of the Jan. 6 riot at the U.S Capitol less than two weeks away, three Springfield men have pleaded guilty to federal misdemeanors for unlawfully breaching the U.S. Capitol building.
Zachary Martin, 45, and brothers, Michael Quick, 44, and Stephen Quick, 49, all pleaded guilty in federal court Thursday to one count of parading, demonstrating or picketing in the Capitol Building.
While they pleaded guilty to one charge, initially the three men were also charged with entering and remaining in a restricted building or grounds, disorderly and disruptive conduct in a restricted building or grounds and disorderly conduct in a Capitol building or grounds. The three other charges will be dropped in exchange for the guilty pleas.
The trio is the latest to plead guilty to charges in connection with the events of Jan. 6, and they all face a maximum sentence of six months behind bars and a $5,000 fine. They also must each pay $500 in restitution to help pay for the damage done to the Capitol building. They are scheduled to be sentenced in March of next year.
According to court documents, the FBI became aware of Martin’s involvement in the riot after multiple people submitted tips indicating that on Jan. 6, Martin had live-streamed himself inside the Capitol building.
Although Martin had deleted his Facebook account before the FBI could see it, investigators were able to review screenshots from the live stream to confirm that it was Martin in the video, and he was inside the Capitol building.
The Quick brothers both voluntarily gave their statements to investigators in late January, according to documents.
Michael Quick told investigators that he had traveled to Washington D.C. to attend the “Stop the Steal” rally, which was held on Jan. 6 with the goal “to show support so Congress would investigate irregularities in the election and do something about it.”
According to court documents, Michael Quick then said he went to the Capitol building where he entered through a broken window and remained inside for about 15 minutes. He told investigators that he did not know that he was trespassing at the time because he thought the police were letting people in.
Stephen Quick also told investigators that he had traveled from Missouri to D.C. for the “Stop the Steal” rally, but as the rally concluded and the group moved toward the Capitol building, he said, “a change came over the crowd.” He told investigators that he entered the building and remained inside for roughly 10 minutes.
According to court documents, he also told investigators that he was “ashamed” of what he had done by going inside and submitted the SD card from a camera he had been using that day to take pictures. Court documents show that some of the photos on the SD card were taken inside the Capitol building.
All three men are represented by lawyers from Dee Wampler’s firm. Wampler was the attorney in all three cases before he died in October at age 81.
"Mr. Martin and the Quick brothers are hardworking, longtime residents of the Springfield, Missouri area," the firm said in a statement. "The three men have taken full responsibility for their actions at the Capitol on January 6, 2021. Moving forward, the men remain humbled by the judicial process."
Four other Springfield citizens have been charged with participating in the events of Jan. 6, including a former teacher who pleaded guilty, along with her husband, to one count of parading, demonstrating or picketing in the Capitol Building.
Nationwide, more than 700 people have been charged, and more than 100 people have pleaded guilty, in connection with the events of Jan. 6, which left five people dead and forced lawmakers to seek shelter, including then-Vice President Mike Pence.
Following the riot, now-former President Trump was impeached by the House of Representatives who accused him of inciting the violence at the Capitol by pushing false claims that the 2020 election was stolen.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.
Jordan Meier covers public safety for the Springfield News-Leader. Contact her at email@example.com, (417) 597-7663 or on Twitter @Jordan_Meier644
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