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Six Montanans have been indicted since the Jan. 6 U.S. Capitol riots

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A screencap of Boyd Camper speaking with CBS News at the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6, 2021.

On Jan. 6, 2021, supporters of then President Donald Trump stormed the U.S. Capitol as members of Congress gathered to certify the electoral votes that would confirm President Joe Biden’s victory.

In the year since then, six Montanans have been charged for their alleged participation in riots that day.

Boyd Camper from the Missoula area was at the Capitol that day and told CBS News, “We’re gonna take this damn place. If you haven’t heard, it’s called the Insurrection Act, and we the people are ready.”

Camper admitted to demonstrating in the Capitol and was sentenced to 60 days incarceration and 60 hours of community service as part of a plea deal. Out of the six Montanans federal prosecutors have tied to the riots, Camper is the only one to have pleaded guilty.

According to court documents, video appears to show Isaac Sturgeon of Dillon helping to shove officers with a police barricade; footage also places Andrew Cavanaugh of Bozeman inside the Capitol. Another Dillon resident, Henry Muntzer, posted videos to Facebook from inside the Capitol.

Other Montanans indicted in the Capitol riots are brothers Jerod and Joshua Hughes of East Helena, who were shown on video among the first people to enter the Capitol building and advance toward the senate floor.

The five men face federal charges connected to trespassing on government property and disruptive conduct. NPR reports more than 700 people from all 50 states have been charged in the past year.

Kayla writes about energy policy, the oil and gas industry and new electricity developments.