‘It’s time to do patriot s—‘: Flagpole-wielding ‘opportunists’ who posed behind senators’ desks on Jan. 6 had pledged that ‘no quarter will be given’

Joseph Irwin, in the green jacket, and John Richter, in the gray jacket, were convicted for their roles in the Jan. 6, 2021, riots at the U.S. Capitol. In the inset photo, Richter wields a pole with a pointed metal tip. (Photos from court documents)

Joseph Irwin, in the green jacket, and John Richter, in the gray jacket, were convicted for their roles in the Jan. 6, 2021, riots at the U.S. Capitol. In the inset photo, Richter wields a pole with a pointed metal tip. (Photos from court documents)

Two flagpole-wielding men who got their pictures taken sitting at senators’ desks in the U.S. Capitol building on Jan. 6, 2021, have been convicted of crimes related to the insurrection.

Joseph Irwin, 43, of Kentucky, and John Joseph Richter, 39, of Florida, were found guilty this week, prosecutors said in a news release. Irwin was convicted of obstruction of an official proceeding, trespassing with a deadly or dangerous weapon, disorderly conduct with a deadly or dangerous weapon, and picketing in a Capitol building. Richter was convicted of obstruction of an official proceeding, trespassing, disorderly conduct and picketing in a Capitol building. The men are set to be sentenced on Aug. 9.

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