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Three-year overview of Alabama cases linked to Jan. 6 insurrection

Conviction of insurrectionist shows the repercussions of the illegal acts committed on Jan. 6.

Widely shared images of a white man carrying a Confederate flag across the floor of the U.S. Capitol during the deadly Capitol insurrection. VIA TWITTER

It’s been three years since the Jan. 6 insurrection shook the United States, an event that saw numerous individuals from various backgrounds taking part. Alabama, in particular, has seen a series of arrests and convictions related to the insurrection. This report provides an overview of those cases involving Alabama residents or those arrested in the state.

Kaleb Dillard

Former Marine and Mountain Brook resident Kaleb Dillard was sentenced in November to 10 months in prison, 12 months of supervised release, and ordered to pay $36,238.55 in restitution. Arrested on August 23, 2022, Dillard pleaded guilty to charges including assaulting and impeding law enforcement. He awaits prison designation but was permitted to travel to Tennessee over Christmas 2022.

Lonnie Coffman

Arrested post-insurrection, Vietnam veteran Lonnie Coffman faced 17 charges, including possession of Molotov Cocktails, weapons, and ammunition. He pleaded guilty to possessing an unregistered firearm and carrying a pistol without a license on November 12, 2021, and was later sentenced to 46 months in prison and three years of supervised release.

Joshua Matthew Black

Leeds resident Joshua Matthew Black was convicted of three felonies and two misdemeanors, sentenced in May to 22 months in prison, and required to pay restitution.

Dillon Herrington

Known as “MAGA Lumberjack,” further details about Dillon Herrington’s case remain undisclosed.

Russell Dean Alford

Russell Dean Alford, arrested in Birmingham on March 29, 2021, was found guilty of several charges, including entering a restricted building and disorderly conduct in the Capitol. Sentenced on February 2, 2023, to 12 months in prison and a similar duration of supervised release, he was also fined $500.

Kari Kelley

Insurance adjustor Kari Kelley from Mobile was arrested on February 26, 2021, for her participation in the Capitol breach. Initially pleading not guilty, she later changed her plea and was sentenced on March 17, 2022, to 36 months of probation and a $500 fine.

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Anthony Mazzio

Dothan resident Anthony Mazzio was arrested on April 4, 2022, following a complaint filed in March. He pleaded guilty to charges related to parading in the Capitol, leading to a sentence of 60 days incarceration, three years of probation, and a $500 fine.

Gregory Nix

Arrested in November 2021, Gregory Nix faced eight charges, including using a flagpole as a weapon against an officer. Pleading guilty to assaulting officers, he was sentenced on June 2, 2023, to 42 months in prison, 24 months of supervised release, and a fine of $2,100.

Bobby Russell

Falkville’s Bobby Russell was apprehended on August 24, 2022, on charges including civil disorder and assaulting officers. After pleading guilty, he received a sentence of 12 months and one day in prison and two years of supervised release.

The cases of Kenneth Thomas, Joshua James, Jonathan Walden, and William Watson are either ongoing or details are not publicly available at this time.

This roundup underscores the diverse backgrounds of those involved in the insurrection and the legal repercussions they have faced since that fateful day.

Patrick Darrington is a reporter at the Alabama Political Reporter. You can reach him at [email protected].

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