In a recent announcement from the Department of Justice, a Florida man, previously from Southern California, has pleaded guilty to a felony charge relating to his involvement in the attack on the U.S. Capitol on January 6th, 2021.
Kevin Galetto, now residing in Merritt Island, Florida, admitted to the charge of felony assault, resisting, or impeding law enforcement officers. The DOJ reported that on the day of the riot, Galetto was captured on body-worn camera in the Lower West Terrace tunnel, where he, along with other rioters, confronted and pushed against Metropolitan Police Department officers. He was involved in a “scuffle” that resulted in an officer being knocked to the ground.
After falling himself, Galetto returned to the tunnel entrance and called for “more people” to join the rioters. Later that night, he sent a text message to someone stating that politicians “need to be overthrown” and referred to former Vice President Mike Pence as a “traitor.”
Galetto’s guilty plea highlights the severity of the Capitol Riot and the consequences that follow such violent acts. The justice system will continue to hold those accountable for their actions on that day.