Bryan Ivey, 28, pleaded guilty to the single misdemeanor during a virtual hearing in DC District Court. The plea bargain doesn’t include a sentencing recommendation, and Ivey’s punishment will be decided by Judge Christopher Cooper on September 28. Technically, Ivey could face up to six months in jail on this charge, though it’s likely he gets much less or no jail at all.
He has agreed to pay $500 to help repair damages to the Capitol, which has become the standard fine for rioters pleading to misdemeanors.
He answered a series of procedural questions at the brief hearing, admitting his misconduct.
“Did you knowingly enter the Capitol on January 6, knowing that it was impermissible for you to do so?” Cooper asked the defendant. “Yes, your honor,” Ivey replied, in a monotone.
There is no indication that Ivey is cooperating with prosecutors in any meaningful way or helping their investigation into other rioters.
He isn’t accused of conspiring with other rioters, attacking police, or destroying property. He pleaded guilty to a single misdemeanor charge and could avoid jail. Federal prosecutors recently recommended probation in a similar case involving a nonviolent rioter from Indiana.
Ivey is one of at least 14 people from Tennessee charged in the Capitol insurrection, according to CNN’s tally. There are nearly 500 defendants, hailing from 43 states and Washington, DC.