27 May 2022
A North Carolina man has pleaded guilty to charges connected to his role in the Jan. 6 insurrection.
Matthew Mark Wood, from Rockingham County, appeared to show guilt after the insurrection, and said in a private message that he regretted his actions, according to court documents from the Federal Bureau of Investigation.
He pleaded guilty to several charges related to the attempted coup, including, disorderly and disruptive conduct in a restricted building or grounds and obstruction of an official proceeding and aiding and abetting.
He drove up to Washington, D.C., with his grandmother and another family member from North Carolina, according the FBI.
“When he entered the Capitol on January 6, 2021, he did so with the intent to disrupt the certification proceedings,” the FBI said in a court filing.
During the riot, the FBI said he wrote in a message to a friend: “If they want to raid Congress, sign me up, I’ll be brave heart in that [expletive]!”
However, after the attack, Wood appeared to show remorse. According to FBI documents, he wrote in a message to a friend, “I’m not okay with my actions yesterday. I took a stand yes but it was extremely inappropriate … it was wrong. My mental state is off the charts. I can’t believe I participated in such chaos.”
According to reporting from WCNC, Wood faces several years in prison.
WCNC reports Wood admitted he was the eighth person to enter the Capitol through a broken window.