Capitol Riot ‘Captain Moroni’ Set to Reach Plea Deal
Nathan Wayne Entrekin, the Arizona man who dressed as the Book of Mormon figure Captain Moroni and allegedly violated the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6, 2021, is expected to enter a plea bargain on Friday before a state judge. Federal Court.
The FBI arrested Entrekin in July and he was charged with five federal offenses in October. He is due to appear by video on Friday for a plea deal hearing he requested in U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia.
Entrekin stood out in national television coverage of the Capitol Breach because he wore a gladiator costume and posed as Captain Moroni, according to a 27-page affidavit from an FBI agent. The Book of Mormon describes Captain Moroni raising armies to fight tyrants around 72 BC.
The affidavit included footage showing a man the FBI agent identified as Entrekin walking through the gates of the Capitol at least twice and footage, allegedly from Entrekin’s phone, that shows looting.
Entrekin said he considered his time at the Capitol “solemn” and “revered,” according to the FBI affidavit. He also said he decided to leave as soon as he saw broken glass and looting, according to the affidavit, but the FBI agent said the video evidence “sometimes confirmed and sometimes contradicted the claims. of the accused”.
Federal prosecutors have filed criminal charges against 733 people, according to a Justice Department database. New cases continue to be filed.
Violators injured more than 140 police officers on January 6, 2021. They caused more than $1.5 million in damage to the Capitol.
Already, 173 people have pleaded guilty and judges have sentenced 75, according to an NPR database. Nearly half were sentenced to jail with an average sentence of 115 days for those who pleaded guilty, NPR reported. The so-called QAnon Shaman, Jacob Chansley, pleaded guilty and was sentenced to 41 months in prison.
U.S. Magistrate Judge Robin Meriweather issued a warrant for Entrekin’s arrest on July 14. The FBI arrested him the next day at his home in Cottonwood, Arizona, according to a return on the warrant filed by FBI Special Agent Trevor Culbert.
A judge ordered Entrekin’s release on his own recognizance on July 23. He remained free under several conditions. He cannot travel outside of Arizona or the United States without permission. He cannot enter the District of Columbia except for court business and meetings with his attorney. He is also prohibited from owning a weapon.
The FBI got Entrekin’s name from a tip, according to the affidavit, which says he told FBI agents he drove across the country in his personal car.
The FBI included evidence it says came from Entrekin’s Twitter account, where he allegedly posted a tweet in December saying, “Hey Patriots! Captain Moroni arrives in DC on January 6. Yay! Alma 46:12.
Entrekin narrated videos for his mother as he walked around inside the Capitol and on the grounds outside and also gave videotaped interviews, according to the affidavit.
“I am Captain Moroni. I am the William Wallace of the Book of Mormon,” Entrekin said in an interview, according to the affidavit. “In the Book of Mormon Alma, a freedom fighter named Captain Moroni fought for his freedom against the Men-Kings,” Entrekin said in interviews.
The FBI agent who wrote the affidavit included a background section on Captain Moroni and the title of freedom. He specifically described the Title of Freedom:
“In all of the photos and videos of the defendant, he is wearing a wooden peg with a piece of white cloth attached. The cloth appears to have the following text handwritten on it: IN MEMORY OF OUR GOD, OUR RELIGION AND FREEDOM, AND OUR PEACE, OUR WIVES, AND OUR CHILDREN ALMA 46:12.
Federal prosecutors filed five charges against Entrekin on November 18:
- Entering and staying in a building or land with restricted access.
- Disorderly and disruptive conduct in a building or restricted area.
- Enter and stay in certain rooms in the Capitol building.
- Disorderly conduct in a capitol building.
- Marching, demonstrating or picketing a Capitol building.
Entrekin pleaded not guilty to all five counts on Dec. 8, but his attorney has asked the court to schedule a hearing into the plea deal, to be held on Friday.
Entrekin’s attorney, Deputy Federal Public Defender Dani Jahn, declined to comment for this story.
If convicted, Entrekin could spend more than a year in prison, but LawandCrime.com said last summer, ahead of the scheduled hearing on the apparent plea deal, that a maximum sentence for Entrekin was unlikely.