Capitol rioter with zipties convicted

Larry Rendell Brock, 55, of Grapevine, Texas, was convicted in a bench trial on November 15, 2022, of a single felony count of obstructing an official proceeding and five misdemeanor counts of trespassing and disorderly conduct (read story here).

Brock, a retired Air Force lieutenant colonel, is the helmeted individual holding zipties in one of the Capitol riot’s most iconic photos (below). He wasn’t prosecuted for conspiring to kidnap federal officials; Brock claimed he picked up discarded zipties and planned to give them to police.

He did, however, come to Washington D.C. prepared for violence. “Prosecutors noted that Brock had shared social media posts ahead of Jan. 6 in which he appeared to anticipate violence in the nation’s capital,” Law & Crime said (link above). Those posts, on Dec. 27 and Jan. 5, advocated insurrection and revolution.

His ex-wife recognized him in photos and alerted police. He apparently wasn’t considered one of the most dangerous rioters, because he’s been out of jail on bail pending trial. Based on his conviction, he could get up to 20 years in prison.

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