WASHINGTON — An Ohio man was today sentenced to 36 months in prison on felony and misdemeanor charges arising out of his actions during the January 6, 2021 burglary of the US Capitol, including stealing a wardrobe from the Capitol. His and other actions disrupted a joint session of the US Congress called to determine and count the electoral votes related to the presidential election.
Dustin Byron Thompson, 38, of Columbus, Ohio, was convicted in the District of Columbia. He was found guilty by a jury on April 14, 2022.
A co-defendant, Robert Anthony Lyon, 28, of Reynoldsburg, Ohio, pleaded guilty on March 14, 2022 to felony charges of stealing government property and disorderly and disruptive conduct within a restricted building or lot. He was sentenced to 40 days in prison on September 22, 2022, followed by one year of supervised imprisonment. Lyon will also have to pay a $1,000 fine and $2,000 in compensation.
According to the government, Thompson and Lyon walked to the US Capitol Building on Jan. 6 after a rally near the Washington Monument. Around 2:00 p.m. both entered the closed area of the Capitol. Thompson, wearing a bulletproof vest, illegally entered the building, then went to the Senate Houseman’s office and stole a bottle of bourbon. After being escorted out of the building by US Capitol police officers, Thompson re-entered, this time with Lyon. Thompson stole a wardrobe from the same MP’s office. He sent a photo to Lyon of him posing with the wardrobe and a video of him shouting “Woooo!”. and also showed a ransacked office. Thompson later approached Lyon with the wardrobe. At one point, Lyon sent a message to Thompson saying, “We’ve got to get the hell out of this trophy.”
Later that evening, after observing violence at the North Doors and Lower West Terrace Tunnel, Thompson was pulled over by US Capitol Police officers while he was still on the Capitol grounds waiting for an Uber. Lyon was arrested while Thompson fled, leaving the wardrobe behind.
Thompson was arrested in Ohio on January 25, 2021. The jury found him guilty of one felony, obstructing an official process and five misdemeanors. The misdemeanor charges include theft of government property; Entering and staying in a restricted building or premises; disorderly and disruptive behavior in a restricted building or property; disorderly conduct in a Capitol; and parades, demonstrations, or pickets in a Capitol.
At the end of his sentence, Thompson will be released under supervision for three years. He also has to pay $2,000 in damages.
The case was being prosecuted by the US Attorney for the District of Columbia with support from the Counter-Terrorism Branch of the Justice Department for National Security. Valuable assistance was provided by the US Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of Ohio.
The case was investigated by the FBI’s Washington and Cincinnati field offices. Valuable assistance was provided by the US Capitol Police and the Metropolitan Police Department.
In the 22 months since Jan. 6, 2021, nearly 900 people have been arrested in nearly all 50 states for crimes related to the US Capitol break-in, including over 275 people charged with assault or obstruction of law enforcement. The investigations are ongoing.
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