The Glens Falls man accused of illegally entering the U.S. Capitol building during the insurrection in January has been indicted on new charges, as prosecutors are discussing a potential plea deal in the case.
James Bonet appeared through videoconferencing for a brief hearing on Wednesday in the U.S. District Court of the District of Columbia.
Bonet was among a group of supporters of former President Donald Trump who stormed into the building on Jan. 6 to disrupt the certification of President Joe Biden’s Electoral College win.
Bonet posted videos on his Facebook page in which he says “We’re taking it back,” along with a photo of him smoking what authorities say was a marijuana cigarette.
A grand jury on June 2 filed a six-count indictment against him. The new charges include obstruction of an official proceeding and aiding and abetting, because prosecutors say he was in a restricted area on the grounds of the Capitol.
The other counts are entering and remaining in a restricted building or grounds; disorderly and disruptive conduct in a restricted building or grounds; entering and remaining in certain rooms in the Capitol building; disorderly conduct in a Capitol building; and parading, demonstrating or picketing in a Capitol building.
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Assistant U.S. Attorney Alexis Loeb had requested an additional extension of time, given the volume of materials in this and all the cases stemming from the Capitol insurrection — which has topped 500.
There are thousands of hours of video footage and numerous tips for these cases, according to Loeb. The government continues to work to create a database to hold the information.
“We believe that a continuance is appropriate for effective preparation,” she said. “We have had some discussions for a resolution of this matter, and we believe it would be helpful to give more time for those discussions to continue.”
Judge Emmet Sullivan set a new date of Aug. 12 at 3 p.m.
Bonet provided brief responses to questions. He said he was doing well, and he consented to the extension of time.
Bonet has declined to comment further on his case.
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