Larry Brock Jr., a graduate of the Air Force Academy, was sentenced March 17 to 24 months in prison for the felony count of obstruction of an official proceeding in connection with the Jan. 6, 2021, breach of the Capitol.
His actions and the actions of others disrupted a joint session of Congress convened to ascertain and count the electoral votes related to the 2020 presidential election.
Brock, 55, of Grapevine, Texas, was also sentenced to a total of 18 months in prison for five misdemeanor counts including: entering and remaining in a restricted building or grounds; disorderly and disruptive conduct in a Capitol Building; entering and remaining on the floor of Congress; disorderly conduct in a Capitol Building, and parading, demonstrating, or picketing in a Capitol Building. All sentences are to run concurrently.
Brock was found guilty, on Nov. 16, 2022, following a bench trial. In addition to the prison term, U.S. District Judge John D. Bates ordered $2,000 in restitution, the Justice Department reported in a release, which gave this account:
According to the government’s evidence, Brock — a retired Lieutenant Colonel in the U.S. Air Force — was among rioters in a mob that illegally entered the Capitol grounds and Capitol Building on Jan. 6, 2021. Brock was wearing a tactical vest and had a helmet. He entered the Capitol at approximately 2:24 p.m. through the Senate Wing Doors. He moved through various areas of the building, including the Crypt and Rotunda. While in an area near the Rotunda Doors, he picked up a discarded pair of plastic flex-cuffs and kept them while in the building.
Brock entered the balcony of the Senate at approximately 2:43 p.m. He then moved downstairs and entered the Senate Chamber about five minutes later. He walked around the Senate Chamber for about eight minutes and, during that time, he rifled through paperwork on Senators’ desks. He then exited the Capitol at approximately 3:01 p.m., 37 minutes after he entered.
In the weeks leading to Jan. 6, Brock posted messages on social media, including one on Dec. 27, 2020, in which he stated, “I prefer insurrection at this point,” and another on Jan. 5, in which he declared, “our second American Revolution begins in less than two days.”
Brock was arrested on Jan. 10, 2021, in Texas.
About 1,000 individuals have been arrested in nearly all 50 states for crimes related to the breach of the U.S. Capitol. The investigation remains ongoing.