Where cases stand for locals charged in Jan. 6 Capitol riot

Eight people from the Jacksonville area were charged for their part in the Jan. 6 riot. We take a look at where they are now, one year later.

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – Every four years, Congress’ certification of the presidential electoral vote is so routine it barely merits a footnote in the media. Not last year.

A crowd of angry demonstrators supporting soon-to-be former President Donald Trump demanded that the counting be stopped. They then surrounded the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6 and broke into the building.

Lawmakers scattered, police were beaten and a woman was fatally shot as she tried to climb through a barricaded doorway that led to the House floor.

Supporters of then-President Donald Trump rally at the U.S. Capitol in Washington on Jan. 6, 2021. (AP Photo/Jose Luis Magana, File) (Copyright 2020 The Associated Press. All rights reserved)

The riot led to hundreds facing multiple federal charges -- and that includes some living in Northeast Florida.

While some of those defendants have already pleaded out, others are still making their way through the federal court system. Some are even due in court this month.

A St. Augustine man was one of the first 68 people arrested by Capitol police during a day of chaos and destruction. John Anderson, 61, died at Baptist Hospital South in September before he could go to trial.

The federal government is currently recommending a five-month prison sentence for a Nassau County man accused of leading a mob during the Capitol riot on Jan. 6. According to a detailed sentencing memorandum, Jeffrey Register of Fernandina Beach led a mob of insurrectionists to the Speaker’s lobby where Ashli Babbitt was shot and killed.

Rachael Pert and Dana Winn, a Middleburg couple who pleaded guilty to charges related to participating in the riot, were sentenced to probation and ordered to pay $500 in restitution. Winn had plenty to say on Facebook Live hours before the Capitol riot last year. “This is American patriots. We’re tired of this s****. It’s time to make a stand.”

Rachael Pert and Dana Joe Winn face charges connected to the violent invasion of the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6. Invstigators say a co-worker of Pert recognized her in social media photographs the FBI released of people seen illegally inside the building. (Previous booking photos from the Clay County Sheriff's Office shown on image from FBI flyer.)

It was a different story when they saw News4JAX’s cameras outside Jacksonville’s federal courthouse. “Do you have any regret?’ reporter Corley Peel asked. “No Comment!” he replied.

An Orange Park man who was found with illegal guns and drugs in his home during the execution of a search warrant connected to his role in the Capitol riots was sentenced in October. Adam Honeycutt, a former bail bondsman, is set to appear before a judge later this month on the charges connected to the Capitol riot.

Adam Avery Honeycutt appears in federal court. (Steve Bridges)

A former Baker County Sheriff’s Office employee who filmed himself during the riot was arrested by the FBI in January outside a Waffle House restaurant in Macclenny. Brad Weeks recorded himself during the siege saying “We’re taking back the Capitol! We’re taking back our country!” He is due back in court next month.

A corrections officer from Raiford, Jonathan Carlton, faces two misdemeanor charges of unlawful entry into a secure government building and disorderly conduct while making threats to impede government process. Two months after the riots he was asked if he wanted to apologize to the families with loved ones who died during the riot. “Sensationalism,” he said, laughing. Carlton is due in court next month.

Jonathan Carlton (Steve Bridges)

Daniel Gray from Neptune Beach will also face a judge next month. Court documents show he was among the first people to try and break through police lines. Once inside the Capitol Rotunda, bodycam video revealed he grabbed an officer’s baton and pushed her, causing her to fall down a set of stairs.

About the Authors:

Ashley Harding joined the Channel 4 news team in March 2013. She reports for and anchors The Morning Show.

Digital reporter who has lived in Jacksonville for more than 25 years and focuses on important local issues like education and the environment.