Internet personality Baked Alaska pleads guilty to the January 6 attack on the Capitol

The right-wing internet personality known as “Baked Alaska” on Friday pleaded guilty to the Jan. 6 attack on the US Capitol, federal court records show.

Anthime Gionet, who live-streamed himself storming the Capitol, pleaded guilty to parading, demonstrating or picketing inside a Capitol building, a misdemeanor, the authorities said records.

The charge carries a prison sentence of up to six months. Lawyers listed as representing Gionet did not immediately respond to requests for comment Friday night.

A judge scheduled the sentencing for Jan. 12, records show.

Anthime Joseph Gionet, known online as Baked Alaska, at the Capitol on January 6, 2021.
Anthime Joseph Gionet, known online as Baked Alaska, at the Capitol on January 6, 2021.Ministry of Justice

Gionet entered the Capitol along with hundreds of other rioters that day and conducted a 27-minute livestream video inside, according to court documents.

He chanted slogans and said “Patriots are in control” and “1776” during riots, carried out by a mob of supporters of then-President Donald Trump, disrupting the formal counting of Congressional votes in the Trump election.

At one point, Gionet asked others to enter the Capitol through a smashed window, said “trust the…plan” and called a police officer an “oathbreaker,” he admitted in a factual statement.

It is the second attempt at a plea deal for Gionet. He was due to plead guilty in May but said he was innocent, so the judge set a trial date instead.

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Gionet used to work for BuzzFeed but has since been widely described in news reports as a far-right internet troll. His attorney has said he makes a living making online videos, transcripts show.

He was live streaming on a platform called DLive. Other mainstream internet platforms, including Twitter, had his accounts suspended.

The video, taken by Gionet on Jan. 6, has been referenced in other cases of Capitol riots in which other people have pleaded guilty.

Anton Lunyk, Francis Connor and Antonio Ferrigno, all of whom pleaded guilty in April, were seen on Gionet’s video in Senator Jeff Merkley’s, D-Oregon, workspace, according to court documents. You haven’t been convicted yet.

The video has been cited in at least two other cases that are still pending, as evidenced by affidavits in those cases.

More than 850 people have been arrested in connection with the Jan. 6, 2021 attack on the US Capitol, according to the Justice Department.

The Associated Press contributed.

https://www.nbcnews.com/news/us-news/internet-personality-baked-alaska-pleads-guilty-jan-6-capitol-attack-rcna39671 Internet personality Baked Alaska pleads guilty to the January 6 attack on the Capitol

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