A North Carolina independent journalist who released a Jan. 6 documentary just days before his federal trial began was found guilty on Sept. 18 in Washington D.C. of four misdemeanor charges for being inside the Capitol on Jan. 6, 2021.
Stephen Ethan Horn, 25, of Raleigh, was found guilty by a U.S. District Court jury of entering and remaining in a restricted building or grounds, disorderly and disruptive conduct in a restricted building or grounds, violent entry and disorderly conduct in a Capitol building, and parading, demonstrating, or picketing in a Capitol building.
The jury deliberated less than 90 minutes after a three-day trial before U.S. District Judge Timothy Kelly.
The judge set sentencing for Jan. 10, 2024.
“My attitude is that if you expect the worst, you'll never be disappointed,” Mr. Horn told The Epoch Times shortly after the verdicts were announced.
Mr. Horn said he was at the Capitol on Jan. 6 to document the events as a journalist, not to protest.
Prosecutors said that after entering the Capitol, Mr. Horn stood on a monument while filming the crowds with a cell phone. They also said he could be heard on video chanting, “USA!”
Mr. Horn entered the office of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.), although he said he didn’t go inside the Capitol with the intention of finding her office.
In the introduction to the film, Mr. Horn said he offered the video he shot on Jan. 6 to the FBI “because I witnessed vandalism and multiple assaults against police officers.
“But they decided to arrest me and charge me with four misdemeanor charges,” he said.
Mr. Horn was the latest in a string of Jan. 6 prosecutions of independent journalists.
On Sept. 12, InfoWars host Jonathon Owen Shroyer, 34, of Austin, Texas, was sentenced to 60 days in jail after he pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor count of entering and remaining in a restricted building or grounds.
In exchange for his plea agreement, prosecutors dropped three other Jan. 6 misdemeanor counts.
On April 5, InfoWars journalist Samuel Christopher Montoya, 38, of San Marcos, Texas, was sentenced to three years of probation with 120 days of home detention after agreeing to plead guilty to one count of parading, demonstrating, or picketing in a Capitol building. As part of the plea deal, four other charges were dismissed.
Mr. Montoya filmed the shooting of Air Force veteran Ashli Babbitt in the hallway outside of the Speaker’s Lobby at 2:45 p.m. on Jan. 6.
On Jan. 12, independent journalist Shawn Bradley Witzemann, 41, of Farmington, N.M., was sentenced to two years of probation with seven days of intermittent confinement after agreeing to plead guilty to one count of parading, demonstrating, or picketing in a Capitol building. As part of his plea deal, three other charges were dismissed.