Keller, Tx man sentenced for Jan. 6 Capitol riot charges

The Keller man who pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor after he joined rioters intruding on the Capitol Jan. 6, 2021, has been given probation, according to court documents.

Thomas Paul Conover, 53, was sentenced to three years probation, 60 hours of community service and $3,000 in fines and restitution. He’ll also have to spend 30 days in a reentry housing. According to a plea agreement, Conover pleaded guilty to parading, demonstrating or picketing in a Capitol building.

In exchange for his guilty plea, more serious charges of entering and remaining in a restricted building or grounds, disorderly and disruptive conduct in a restricted building or grounds and disorderly conduct in a Capitol building were dropped, according to the agreement.

Conover attended the Jan. 6 rally near the White House at which former President Donald Trump spoke before he marched to the Capitol, where legislators were considering certifying the Electoral College vote. Conover walked to the east rotunda door.

He entered the Capitol at 2:56 p.m. and stayed for 22 minutes. Inside, Conover recorded videos and posed for photos with a can of beer, according to a document prepared the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Columbia which Conover indicated is accurate.

“This is it boys and girls. This is the Capitol. Apparently there’s some crazy [expletive] going on in the Senate today and the certification. They’ve had enough,” Conover said in a video. “Well here we are. Ha ha ha ha. I pray to God that nobody does any damage to the stuff in here ‘cause I’m not down with that. But I am kind of kind of proud of the people that stood up and said ‘you know what? Enough.’ You don’t see people spraypainting [expletive] or burning [expletive] down. It’s really kind of cool. I’m glad I came.”

While on the Capitol steps, Conover recorded a video of himself in which he raised a can of beer. “I don’t always storm the Capitol of the United States of America, but when I do, I prefer Coors Light,” he said.

Conover admitted in the document that at the time he entered the Capitol, he knew that he did not have permission and that while inside, he paraded, demonstrated or picketed.

The maximum prison term for the crime to which he pleaded guilty is six months.

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James Hartley is a breaking news journalist at the Fort Worth Star-Telegram. He’s a North Texas native who joined the Star-Telegram team during a 2019 internship and just didn’t leave. He’s passionate about true stories and loves understated movies, good tea and scotch that’s out of his budget.

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