Antionne Brodnax, a rapper known as Bugzie the Don, was sentenced to five months in prison after entering the Capitol during the January 6, 2021 riot. He then used a photo of himself sitting on a vehicle of police that day for an album cover.
The rapper told investigators that politics was not the reason he was on Capitol Hill during the riot and said he was there to shoot a music video, WUSA reported.
However, one photo shows Brodnax inside the Capitol on January 6, seated at the foot of a statue of Nobel Peace Prize laureate and famed agronomist Norman Borlaug, and another shows him seated on a police vehicle. Capitol, prosecutors said. The rapper used an image from that day for his album “The Capital.”
Prosecutors said Brodnax “tried to profit from the riot by releasing a rap album that used the attack on the Capitol as its theme,” WRIC reported.
Brodnax pleaded guilty to four misdemeanor counts, including entering a building with restricted access.
Brodnax’s attorney, Mary Maguire, reportedly called the rapper a “great asset to the community” and cited his clothing line and music label in a bid to get him a suspended sentence.
Prosecutors argued the rapper should receive an extended sentence for suppressing evidence of the riot and that his prior felony convictions warranted a 21-month prison sentence, according to WUSA.
A federal judge ruled that Brodnax “willfully obstructed the administration of justice” on Monday, WUSA reported. After his five months in prison, he faces a year of probation.
Brodnax ― following his sentencing on Monday ― has since received a show of support from fellow rapper Westside Gunn, who called out rapper “The Capital.” freedom and says he has to buy 100 copies of the album.