A man in San Diego County pleaded guilty Thursday to a federal misdemeanor for participating in violation of the US Capitol on January 6, 2021.
Philip James Weisbecker, who lived in Ocean Beach at the time, is due to be convicted in June of participating in a mob that entered the Capitol building. While in the Capitol, Weisbecker entered the office of Parliament Speaker Nancy Pelosi and took a selfie amidst the riots, according to court documents.
An arrest warrant states that anonymous informants contacted authorities saying they knew Weisbecker and provided photographic evidence of his presence inside the Capitol on 6 January. Weisbecker also posted a screenshot of himself on his Facebook page from a Fox News television program showing him inside the US Capitol, according to the statement.
The court documents show that he later told a law enforcement officer that he traveled from San Diego to Washington on January 5 to take part in the “Stop the Steal Protest” as a “citizen journalist.” He said he entered the Capitol building after seeing police removing roadblocks to the Capitol and admitted that he entered Pelosi’s office once inside.
He told police in separate interviews that he did not believe Joe Biden was the “legitimate president”, that any damage to the building had been caused by Antifa and that Ashley Babbitt, the wife of Ocean Beach, had been fatally shot by an American police officer. Capitol on January 6, did not exist.
The allegation comes a week after the former Coronado resident Jeffrey Alexander Smith was sentenced to three months probation for complicity in the offense.
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