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Sodus man charged in connection to the Jan. 6 Capitol Riot

ROCHESTER, N.Y. (WROC) — The Department of Justice announced the arrest of a Sodus man in connection to the breach of the US Capitol on January 6, 2021.

According to the DOJ, James Weeks, 55, was identified in security and body cam footage on the grounds of the US Capitol. They said he was seen in the video wearing a baseball cap, a handkerchief around his neck, and identified himself as “Jim Weeks.”

The DOJ said Weeks reached through the building’s doors, gestured at police and struck an officer. He was then maced shortly after the alleged assault.

It was further alleged Weeks went to the Senate Wing door in the northwest courtyard and helped rally people to push through the building. The DOJ said he shook what appeared to be a can of pepper spray in the hole of a broken window and shattered the glass in the window.

After reviewing the footage, the FBI arrested Weeks in Albany earlier this month. He was charged with civil disorder and assaulting, resisting, or impeding certain officers, destruction of government property, aiding and abetting, entering and remaining in a restricted building or grounds, disorderly and disruptive conduct in a restricted building or grounds, engaging in physical violence in a restricted building or grounds, and impeding passage through the Capitol grounds.

Weeks made his first appearance in court on February 1, 2024. The DOJ said that over 1,200 individuals have been charged in relation to the Capitol riots, including Dominic Pezzola of Rochester who was sentenced to 10 years in prison. Pezzola was found not guilty of seditious conspiracy but convicted of other charges.

Aside from Pezzola, Cody Mattice and James Mault pleaded guilty to charges stemming from the riot and were both sentenced to 44 months of incarceration and 36 months of supervision.

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