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Chicago man pleads guilty to Jan. 6, 2021, Capitol riot – NBC Chicago

A Chicago man pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor on Friday for his role in the U.S. Capitol riot, court records show.

Athanasios Zoyganeles pleaded for marching, demonstrating or picketing a Capitol building. He could receive a jail term of up to six months when convicted, which is scheduled for September 30.

Zoyganeles had planned to travel to Washington for weeks before the attack, messaging a friend in December 2020 that he was “ready for anything”, according to charging documents.

“It’s time to take this country back,” Zoyganeles wrote, according to the complaint.

At least three people, including a former high school classmate, provided information about Zoyganeles’ role in the offense to the FBI, records show.

Federal authorities searched video of the breach and said they spotted Zoyganeles standing outside the parliamentary doors while holding a piece of wood and smoking.

Last October, a close family member identified Zoyganeles in photos that depicted him in and around the Capitol on Jan. 6, 2021, according to court records.

Zoyganeles is one of 30 known Illinois residents who have been charged in connection with the Capitol riots investigation, the Chicago Sun-Times reported.

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