Judge erupts at Capitol rioter: ‘You’ve disgraced this country’

A federal judge in Washington, D.C., erupted at a Capitol riot defendant on Friday after the individual pleaded guilty to a single charge in connection with the Jan. 6 attack.

U.S. District Judge Reggie Walton made the comment to defendant Anthony Mariotto of Florida during a plea hearing, CNN reported.

According to court records, Mariotto pleaded guilty to a single charge of parading, demonstrating or picketing in the Capitol building. He is scheduled to be sentenced Dec. 17.

“You’ve disgraced this country in the eyes of the world, and my inclination is to lock you up,” Walton said, according to CNN. “To see someone destroy, or try to destroy, the Capitol is very troubling to me.”

Mariotto was facing five charges in connection with the riot in which supporters of former President Trump breached the Capitol in an effort to block Congress from ratifying President Biden‘s electoral victory. Mariotto pleaded not guilty to all charges in April.

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