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Great Falls man sentenced for admitted actions at U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6, 2021

O'Brien at U.S. Capitol
Posted at 1:15 PM, Feb 05, 2024

HELENA — Patrick O’Brien of Great Falls has been sentenced for his admitted actions during the January 6, 2021 riot at the U.S. Capitol.

In September, O'Brien entered into a plea agreement with the government and pleaded guilty to parading, demonstrating, or picketing in the Capitol Building in exchange for the government dropping the other charges.

According to the United States Attorneys' Offices for the District of Columbia, O’Brien has been sentenced to 36 months probation, 90 days home detention, 100 hours of community service and will need to pay $500 in restitution. He is also prohibited from possessing any firearms during the period of probation.

Patrick William O'Brien of Great Falls

O’Brien drove from Montana to Washington D.C. with his juvenile son to attend the rally of former president Trump and protest the Presidential election results.

O'Brien at U.S. Capitol

After the rally, the two walked to the Capitol building and were pictured with a crowd pushing forward past breached police lines.

O’Brien and his son entered the Capitol through the Senate Wing door, which had been forced open earlier. At the same time, other rioters were entering through neighboring windows to the door that had been broken earlier.

O'Brien at Capitol

The two were pictured inside the Capitol for around a half-hour, including in front of former Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi’s office and the entrance to the Senate where O’Brien’s son stole a mousepad.

O'Brien at U.S. Capitol

More than 1,200 people have been charged in connection to the January 6, 2021 riot at the U.S. Capitol

O’Brien is the seventh person with direct Montana ties to be sentenced for actions at the Capitol that day.