An Arizona man who stormed the U.S. Capitol building on Jan. 6, 2021, dressed as a character from the Book of Mormon has been sentenced to jail, Law&Crime reports.
Prosecutors say James Wayne Entrekin, 49, wore a “Roman Gladiator Costume” as he made his way through parts of the Capitol along with a mob of Trump supporters. He reportedly told another rioter that he was dressed Captain Moroni, a figure from the Book of Mormon who is believed to have led a fight against a group of people who “wanted to overthrow democracy and install a king.”
“We can’t let Biden … to be our president. We can’t … there’s no way,” Entrekin recorded himself saying while inside the Capitol. He also had a message for House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, saying, “Where’s my ice cream, Nancy?” which was a reference to an appearance on a TV talk show where Pelosi she shared a video of her pricy freezer that was stocked with ice cream. “Why can’t you people just do what he want?” he also recorded himself saying. “Why do you gotta make it so hard? Why do you take our money and use it for nefarious purposes?”
Back in January, Entrekin pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor count of parading, demonstrating, or picketing in a Capitol building. At the time, he faced up to six months in jail, five years on probation, and a potential $5,000 fine.
Entrekin apologized for his actions during his sentencing hearing on Friday, but still doubled down on his belief that the election was stolen.
“I’m very deeply regretful for entering the Capitol building,” he told U.S. District Judge Florence Y. Pan. “I was there with the others to protest the election results, which I still believe were tampered, but I am regretful for entering the Capitol building and very regretful that I saw the destruction that I saw.”
In addition to his sentence of 45 days in jail, he will also serve three years of probation and pay $500 in restitution.