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The latest on the 6 Mahoning Valley residents charged in the Jan. 6 Capitol riot

Donald Trump supporters storm the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6, 2021.
Donald Trump supporters storm the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6, 2021.

At least six people from the Mahoning Valley have been charged in connection with the Jan. 6 riot in the U.S. Capitol, according to U.S. Department of Justice records.

Four of them have been indicted on felony counts, one of whom has pleaded guilty and is set for sentencing in March.

Two of them have been charged with misdemeanors.

Nationwide, more than 725 people have been arrested for their alleged roles in the riot, according to NPR; 165 people have pleaded guilty, mostly to misdemeanors; and 70 people have been sentenced, including 30 who got prison time.

Mahoning Matters checked in on the federal prosecutions of local residents to find out where their cases stand.

Matthew Perna of Sharon, Pennsylvania

Pleaded guilty to felony and misdemeanor counts, awaiting sentencing on:

Prosecutors said Perna entered the Capitol through the Senate Wing door after police barriers were breached and remained in the Senate Wing lobby for about 20 minutes, recording with his cellphone and chanting “USA! USA!” Perna was wearing a red-hooded sweatshirt reading “Make America Great Again,” prosecutors said.

Perna was arrested Jan. 19 and indicted a month later. He took a plea deal Dec. 17, pleading guilty to all four counts. He’s due for sentencing March 3. He remains free on a personal recognizance bond. He is being represented by Youngstown attorney Gerald Ingram.

Stephen Michael Ayres of Warren, Ohio

Indicted on felony and misdemeanor counts, awaiting trial on:

Ayres was charged alongside Perna for entering the Capitol building, and both were identified through social media posts and broadcast news reports during and after the riot. Federal authorities searched Ayres’ Facebook account weeks later and found multiple posts and shared media from the Capitol riot in which Ayres appears or identifies himself. They then compared those posts to surveillance footage of the riot.

Ayres was arrested Jan. 25 in Warren and indicted the following month. He has pleaded not guilty to all counts. His case is set for a status conference later this month. He remains free on a personal recognizance bond. He is being represented by a federal public defender.

Rachel Marie Powell of Sandy Lake, Pennsylvania

Indicted on felony and misdemeanor counts, awaiting trial on:

Powell is seen in various social media from the Jan. 6 riot using a bullhorn to coordinate rioters who’d breached the Capitol Building and helping ram a large pipe through one of the building’s windows, prosecutors said. She was also carrying an ice axe during the riot, according to her indictment.

Powell turned herself in Feb. 4 and was indicted the following month. She has pleaded not guilty to all counts. Her case is set for a status conference this morning. She remains free on a personal recognizance bond. She is being represented by Philadelphia attorney Michael Engle.

Kenneth Joseph Owen Thomas of East Liverpool, Ohio

Indicted on felony and misdemeanor counts, awaiting trial on:

In body camera footage taken from the steps of the Capitol Building during the Jan. 6 attack, Thomas is seen repeatedly striking officers with his arms and fists, according to his criminal complaint. In a video Thomas reportedly posted to his YouTube channel, he said the group of people he was with were “going to storm the Capitol.” Thomas, wearing a camouflage “Veteran for Trump” hat, identified himself as “Pi Annon,” the organizer of a 60-vehicle “MAGA Caravan” that convened in Ashland, Virginia, before heading to the Capitol.

Thomas was arrested May 26 in Birmingham, Alabama. He was indicted Sept. 1. He has pleaded not guilty to all counts. His case is set for a status conference later this month. He remains free on a personal recognizance bond. He is being represented by Washington, D.C., attorney Joseph Roll Conte.

Philip C. Vogel II and Debra J. Maimone of New Castle, Pennsylvania

Charged with misdemeanors, awaiting trial on:

Vogel and codefendant Maimone are accused of helping others steal gas masks, escape hoods and a pouch — all with a total value of at most $1,000 — in addition to breaching the Capitol Building to disrupt government proceedings.

Both were arrested March 19 and arraigned the following month. Both have pleaded not guilty to all counts. Both are due for status conferences later this month and remain free on personal recognizance bonds.

Vogel is being represented by Maryland attorney Allen Howard Orenberg. Maimone is being represented by a federal public defender.

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