NE Ga man awaits sentencing for his role in January 6 riot

“The video first shows Santillan’s face and then it pans around what appears to be the rotunda of the Capitol building”

A man from northeast Georgia is the latest to plead guilty to charges stemming from last year’s January 6 riot at the US Capitol: Blas Santillan is 27 years old, from Rabun County. He could get up to six months in prison.

From WSB TV…

Blas Fabian Santillan was charged with knowingly entering or remaining in a restricted building or grounds without lawful authority, violent entry and disorderly conduct on capitol grounds and parading, demonstrating, or picketing in a capitol building.

The FBI said it started receiving tips that Santillan was involved in the riot in the capitol building after people he knew said Santillan started posting video on Snapchat showing him at the Capitol.

“The video first shows Santillan’s face and then it pans around what appears to be the rotunda of the Capitol building. Santillan can be heard saying, ‘Look at this. All this stuff,’” an arrest warrant said. “In the course of investigating the January 6, 2021, riots at the Capitol building, law enforcement has obtained numerous photos and videos from in and around the Capitol building taken by the rioters that day. One particular video shows what appears to be Santillan in the Rotunda of the Capitol building talking on a cell phone.”

Another video showed Santillan outside the rotunda “shouting at the rioters and encouraging them to enter the Capitol building.”

Tim Bryant

Tim Bryant

Tim Bryant hosts Classic City Today, 6-10 weekday mornings on 98.7FM & AM 1340 WGAU in Athens.

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