“He told me that same day, he said, if you want, do you want to go to the (U.S.) Capitol?” he said.
Kidd pleaded guilty in February to a misdemeanor charge of illegally demonstrating in the Capitol, which carries a maximum sentence of six months in prison and a fine of $5,000. McDonald, who will be sentenced Tuesday, pleaded guilty to the same charge in January.
“Do you know how many people died on Jan. 6,” U.S. District Court Judge Christopher Cooper asked Kidd, who was sitting in his truck in Georgia attending the sentencing on his smart phone.
Kidd guessed three, saying he had tuned out of the news not long after the riot. Earlier in the hearing, Kidd namechecked Ashli Babbitt, the woman shot by Capitol police during the riot and who has since become a martyr for some on the right who defend the rioters.
“Five,” Cooper corrected him. “Do you know how many people have died since then? Another four capitol police officers have taken their own lives because of the trauma they experienced.”
“I think I’ve heard that,” Kidd said.
Kidd expressed regret for participating in the riot, although he and his attorney both stressed that he did not damage property or physically confront police. Kidd said he cooperated with the FBI, turning over the phone number of another riot participant who he met inside the Capitol. Kidd had asked for probation instead of jail time, but Cooper said that would not be “appropriate.”