Tennessee Man Pleads Guilty for Capitol Breach Actions

Allan Jennings of Tennessee pleaded guilty to charges related to the Jan. 6 Capitol breach.

WASHINGTON – A Tennessee man, Allan Jennings, pleaded guilty on June 21, 2024, to charges stemming from his involvement in the Jan. 6, 2021, breach of the U.S. Capitol. Jennings, 57, from Hillsboro, Tennessee, admitted to a felony offense of civil disorder and a misdemeanor offense of destruction of government property before U.S. District Judge Reggie B. Walton. His sentencing is scheduled for October 4, 2024.

According to court documents, Jennings traveled from Tennessee to Washington, D.C., to attend the “Stop the Steal” rally and other events on January 6, 2021. After the rally, Jennings approached the Capitol and joined the crowd on the West Plaza. By around 2:40 p.m., the crowd became violent and moved toward the Inaugural stage and Lower West Terrace, ultimately attacking law enforcement officers, who retreated into an entrance known as the Tunnel.

At approximately 2:41 p.m., Jennings was among the first rioters to follow the police into the Tunnel. Inside, he used a pair of medical scissors to break the glass of a closed door, causing $825 in damages. This allowed the mob to push through the doors and advance against the police line. Jennings briefly interacted with a police officer’s shield before exiting the Tunnel around 2:47 p.m.

The FBI arrested Jennings on September 12, 2023, in Tennessee. The case is being prosecuted by the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Columbia and the Department of Justice National Security Division’s Counterterrorism Section, with assistance from the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of Tennessee. The FBI’s Knoxville and Washington Field Offices led the investigation, supported by the U.S. Capitol Police and the Metropolitan Police Department.

Since January 6, 2021, over 1,450 individuals across nearly all 50 states have been charged with crimes related to the Capitol breach, including more than 500 for assaulting or impeding law enforcement. The investigation is ongoing.

Anyone with tips can call 1-800-CALL-FBI (800-225-5324) or visit tips.fbi.gov.

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