JAN. 22, 2021 | FORT PIERCE–Anthony Mariotto thought it would be cool to do a selfie after storming into the Senate chamber of the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6 along with other suspected insurrectionists.
Today, Mariotto faced a federal judge on charges of “knowingly entering or remaining in a restricted building or grounds without lawful authority,” and “violent entry and disorderly conduct on Capitol grounds.”
If convicted on both counts, Mariotto was told, he faces a maximum punishment of two years in federal prison, a fine of $200,000, and two years of supervised release. In Florida, he also would lose his right to vote or to hold any state office.
Law enforcement positively identified Mariotto based on his Florida driver’s license photograph.
Mariotto spoke with the FBI earlier this week when he was in Georgia. He was advised to return to Fort Pierce where he met with special agents and stated he knew he was unlawfully inside the Capitol building during the insurrection.
In his defense, Mariotto said he thought he was “being part of history” chanting “USA.”