Minnesota Jan. 6 defendant faces new felony charge

two men inside the U.S. Capitol
Daniel Johnson (left, circled in blue) and Daryl Johnson (right, circled in red) as seen in the U.S. Capitol in Washington on Jan. 6.
via court documents

A southern Minnesota man who allegedly took part in the Jan. 6 insurrection is facing a new felony charge.

Authorities charged Daniel Eugene Johnson of Austin in June with four misdemeanors, including remaining in a restricted building.

Now the 29-year-old is facing a new felony count of interfering with U.S. Capitol Police.

He's charged along with his father, Daryl Johnson of Saint Ansgar, Iowa, by felony information, which indicates they intend to plead guilty.

two men inside the U.S. Capitol
Daniel Johnson (left) and Daryl Johnson (right) in a hallway at the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6.
via court documents

Earlier court documents include photos allegedly showing the two inside the Capitol as supporters of former President Donald Trump overwhelmed the building.

But in a new filing last week, prosecutors did not include specifics of how the two allegedly interfered with police. Both men remain free.

Daniel Johnson is among five Minnesotans charged with the same felony in connection with protests that turned violent as members of Congress met to confirm the election of President Joe Biden nearly a year ago.

Of three others facing only misdemeanor counts, one has pleaded guilty and was sentenced to probation and 60 days home confinement.

Correction (Dec. 28, 2021): This story was updated to correct the total number of Minnesotans charged with felony interference with law enforcement.

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