Utah Father And Son Plead Guilty To ‘Parading’ At Capitol

A Utah father and son became the latest to plead guilty for actions in connection with the Jan. 6 incident at the U.S. Capitol. Their crimes were the misdemeanors of “parading, demonstrating or picketing on the Capitol grounds.

Sentencing for Eagle Mountain, Utah, resident Bradley Bokoski and his son, Matthew R. Bokoski of Chicago, is set for Jan. 17, 2023.

For all the acts of that day, is “parading” worthy of the time and trouble of federal prosecutors? Or is it simply another way to put a check mark on the ledger of those convicted of what may better be described as political acts?

Video from Jan. 6 shows that the father and son pair were in the Capitol building for five minutes, and most of it appears to have been spent taking pictures.

That was all it took for federal agents to arrest the two in May. Both admitted to authorities that they were in Washington, D.C. that day to attend the Stop the Steal rally and see former President Donald Trump.

FBI agents were told by Matthew Bokoski that the Jan. 6 rally proved successful as it was able to “shut down” the government. He also admitted on social media that he and his father “walked right up the Capitol steps and inside with others.”

The FBI’s criminal complaint and arrest warrant contained images of the men at the Capitol, including Matthew Bokoski covered in a “Trump 2020” flag that he wrapped around himself like a cape.

Investigators also said he used his phone to video activity by others within the building. The FBI was tipped off by an anonymous person who reported that the son posted on various social media platforms about his being in the Capitol that day.

The pair were not charged with vandalism or destruction of property and have not been kept in custody.

They each face up to six months in prison, though others who pleaded guilty to similar charges have received probation. And now there are two more to add to the ledger of those convicted for the Jan. 6 incident.