Delaware father, son convicted in Capitol riot
WASHINGTON, D.C.- A federal judge has convicted a father and son in connection to the January 6th, 2021 Capitol riots.
U.S. District Judge Trevor McFadden ruled on Wednesday after hearing two days of testimony without a jury for the trial of Laurel, Delaware residents Kevin Seefried, 53, and his son Hunter, 24.
According to evidence, Kevin and Hunter attended a rally near the Ellipse on January 6th, 2021, before heading to the U.S. Capitol. They illegally entered the Capitol grounds and joined a crowd of rioters heading up the steps of the building. People near the pair broke windows with a police shield and a wooden two-by-four and Hunter removed a large piece of glass to clear the way. The Seefrieds and many others then entered the building.
Kevin Seefried was photographed holding a Confederate flag inside the building, and both were part of a larger group who chased U.S. Capitol Police Officer Eugene Goodman and verbally confronted several U.S. Capitol Police officers near the entrance to the Senate Chambers.
Judge McFadden convicted both Kevin and Hunter Seefried of felony obstruction of an official proceeding, as well as four misdemeanor offenses, including entering and remaining in a restricted building or grounds, disorderly and disruptive conduct in a Capitol Building, disorderly conduct in a Capitol Building, and parading, demonstrating, or picketing in a Capitol Building. Judge McFadden acquitted Hunter Seefried of three other related charges.
Kevin Seefried is scheduled to be sentenced on September 16th, with Hunter’s sentencing scheduled for September 23rd. The felony charge carries a statutory maximum of 20 years in prison and potential financial penalities. The four misdemeanor offenses carry a combined statutory maximum of three years of incarceration and potential financial penalties.