May 29, 2024

Delaware Man Sentenced For Felony and Misdemeanor Charges For Actions Related to Capitol Breach

Delaware Man Sentenced For Felony and Misdemeanor Charges For Actions Related to Capitol Breach

Defendant Illegally Obstructed the Electoral College Certification

            WASHINGTON – A Delaware man was sentenced today for a felony and four misdemeanors stemming from his actions during the Jan. 6, 2021, Capitol breach. His actions and the actions of others disrupted a joint session of the U.S. Congress convened to ascertain and count the electoral votes related to the 2020 presidential election.

            Kevin Seefried, 53, of Laurel, Delaware, was sentenced to 36 months in prison for his felony conviction of obstruction of an official proceeding. He was also sentenced to 12 months and six months for misdemeanor charges that include: 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. All sentences to run concurrently. In addition to the prison term, U.S. District Court Judge Trevor N. McFadden ordered 12 months of supervised release and restitution of $2,000.

            Seefried and his son Hunter, 25, were found guilty, on June 15, 2022, following a trial in the District of Columbia. Hunter Seefried was sentenced on October 24, 2022, to 24 months in prison.

            According to the evidence presented at trial, Kevin and Hunter Seefried attended the Stop the Steal rally near the Ellipse on Jan. 6, 2021, and then headed to the U.S. Capitol. They illegally entered the Capitol grounds and joined a crowd of rioters who had breached a police line on a set of steps leading to the Capitol building.  As they approached the building, other rioters near Kevin and Hunter Seefried broke windows with a police shield and a wooden two-by-four, and Hunter Seefried cleared a large piece of glass from one of those windows to.  Hunter Seefried, Kevin Seefried, and other rioters climbed through that window and entered the Capitol building at approximately 2:13 p.m.  Kevin and Hunter Seefried were among the first rioters to enter the Capitol building on January 6, 2021.

            As Kevin Seefried approached, breached, and traveled through the Capitol building, he was carrying a large Confederate Battle flag. While inside the building, Kevin Seefried confronted U.S. Capitol Police Officer Eugene Goodman and both Kevin and Hunter Seefriend were part of a larger group of rioters who chased Officer Goodman and verbally confronted several U.S. Capitol Police officers near the entrance to the Senate Chamber.

            Kevin and Hunter Seefried were arrested on Jan. 14, 2021, in Delaware.

            The case was prosecuted by the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Columbia. Valuable assistance was provided by U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Delaware.

            The case was investigated by the FBI’s Baltimore Field Office and the FBI’s Washington Field Office, which listed Hunter Seefried as #18 and #31 on its seeking information photos, and Kevin Seefried as #30.  Valuable assistance was provided by the U.S. Capitol Police and the Metropolitan Police Department.

            In the 25 months since Jan. 6, 2021, more than 985 individuals have been arrested in nearly all 50 states for crimes related to the breach of the U.S. Capitol, including approximately 319 individuals charged with assaulting or impeding law enforcement. The investigation remains ongoing. 

            Anyone with tips can call 1-800-CALL-FBI (800-225-5324) or visit tips.fbi.gov.

Originally published at https://www.fbi.gov/contact-us/field-offices/washingtondc/news/delaware-man-sentenced-for-felony-and-misdemeanor-charges-for-actions-related-to-capitol-breach