Johnathan Owen Shroyer, a show host for Alex-Jones has turned witness for the prosecution in the Jan. 6 insurrection investigation. This was reported on several Left-leaning news outlets. Some people doubt and/or ignore anything that appears in media outlets with a left-wing bias. So, I downloaded it myself from the federal website, Public Access to Court Records System (PACER) and re-posted it here. Also, I have posted the complaint against Shroyer and the “statement of offense”.
Other defendants have been sentenced to more than four years in prison just for entering the restricted area and creating a disturbance. Owen Shroyer was already convicted a couple of years earlier for disrupting a congressional committee hearing and he was still on probation. He was probably looking at much more serious charges than the average person who trespassed in the Capitol building. That and his prior conviction would undoubtedly make his sentence much longer if he were convicted in a trial. Federal law does not provide for greatly reduced sentences for “good behavior”. If you receive a sentence of ten or fifteen years, you will be in prison for close to that amount of time.
Owen Shroyer is certainly one of a considerable number of persons who will plead guilty and thereby agree to be a witness against others in the attack on the Capitol building and Congress on that day, including Trump. Federal prosecutors have tremendous power that they can use to build up their cases. The ultimate target is, of course, Trump.
Shroyer Plea Agreement
Shroyer gave up the protection of the Firth Amendment when he accepted the plea agreement. He can not refuse to answer questions under oath, if he does refuse or lies, I believe his original charges can be reinstated.
Your client understands that the Fifth Amendment to the Constitution of the United States protects your client from the use of self-incriminating statements in a criminal prosecution. By entering a plea of guilty, your client knowingly and voluntarily waives or gives up your client’s right against self-incrimination.
Complaint Against Shroyer
The charges against Shroyer were the following:
18 U.S.C. § 1752(a)(1) and (2) – Knowingly Entering or Remaining in any Restricted Building or Grounds Without Lawful Authority,
40 U.S.C. § 5104(e)(2)(D) and (E) – Violent Entry and Disorderly Conduct on Capitol Grounds.
Mentioned in the complaint, Shroyer had plead guilty to a similar crime almost exactly one year earlier and was put on probation by a superior court in D.C. As part of his probation agreement he promised to create a disturbance on the Capitol grounds again. His probation had not been completed when he committed a much worse crime at the J6 event. That is like just daring his judge for the J6 crime to let the hammer down on you.
On January 17, 2020, JONATHON OWEN SHROYER (“SHROYER”) was charged by an Information in the Superior Court of the District of Columbia, Case No. 2020 CMD 000820, with a violation of (1) 10 D.C. Code Section 503.16(b)(4) (2001 ed.), Disorderly and Disruptive Conduct on United States Capitol Grounds, and (2) 10 D.C. Code Section 503.16(b)(7) (2001 ed.), Obstructing and Impeding Passage on United States Capitol Grounds, based on SHROYER’s disruption of a House Judiciary Committee meeting on December 9, 2019. During the incident, SHROYER, who was seated in the audience observing the hearing in the committee room, jumped up from his seat and shouted in a loud manner while the Judicial Committee was in session. The disruption occurred while the Chairman of the committee was speaking and caused the Chairman to hit the gavel and request that order be restored. SHROYER was removed from the room and placed under arrest.
Shroyer Statement of Offense
The statement of office describes the situation and crimes that the plea covers.
In this statement, Shroyer is quoted on January 5th as calling on people to fight, calling for a revolution and declaring they the have to stop the (constitutional) election certification.
11. Prior to January 6, 2021, the defendant traveled from his home in Austin, Texas, with his employer, InfoWars, to Washington, D.C. to attend the Stop the Steal rally and surrounding events. On January 5, 2021, the defendant addressed a camera and crowd at Freedom Plaza in Washington, D.C.: “Americans are ready to fight. We’re not exactly sure what that’s going to look like perhaps in a couple of weeks if we can’t stop this certification of the fraudulent election of Joe Biden.” He added, “We are the new revolution! We are going to restore and we are going to save the republic!” That day, the defendant also called into a live broadcast on the “InfoWars,” stating “What I’m afraid of is if we do not get this false certification of Biden stopped this week, I’m afraid of what this means for the rest of the month, I’m afraid of what this is gonna mean to these Trump supporters, and I’m afraid about what this is going to mean about January 21st … Everybody knows this election was stolen … Are we just going to sit here and become activists for four years or are we going to actually do something about this, whatever that cause or course of cause may be?”
At another time, Shroyer actually calls for the “death to the tyrants”. This can be understood to be a call for the murder of congressmen and also maybe vice-president, Mike Pence, or anyone who stands in their way. After broadcasting such garbage in public, you cannot just claim you really did not mean it and take it back a few days later when the FBI shows up at your door. Freedom of speech does not give you the right to incite the murder of congressmen and then help lead the storming of the Capitol building by the angry mob that you helped incite.
In 1776, the American patriots sent a loud message to the entire world: Tyranny will not exist in the West. And so now the Democrats are posing as communists, but we know what they really are: they’re just tyrants, they’re tyrants. And so today, on January 6, we declare death to tyranny! Death to tyrants! Death to tyrants! Death to tyrants!