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  • Convicted

  • Former County Commissioner

Couy GriffinLast Updated: January 22, 2024


Alamogordo, New Mexico

Insurrection Related Information

  • Present at Capitol on 1/6

Previous Office(s) Held

  • Otero County Commissioner

Litigation Details

  • Sentenced on Jun 17, 2022

Executive Summary

Founder of Cowboys for Trump. This individual has been charged for breaching the U.S. Capitol on 1/6/21.

As alleged in the charging documents, on Jan. 9, 2021, law enforcement received a tip that Griffin, an Otero County, New Mexico, Commissioner was present at the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6, 2021, and had posted videos to his Facebook page indicating that he intended to return to Washington, D.C., on Jan. 20, 2021, and “plant our flag” on House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s desk.

Previous Office(s) Held

Former Otero County Commissioner


January 10, 2019 - September 6, 2022

Litigation Details

Case File:



  • Entering and Remaining in a Restricted Building;
  • Disorderly and Disruptive Conduct in a Restricted Building

Timeline of Litigation

  • Arrested

    | January 17, 2021
  • Arraigned

    March 11, 2021 "Arraigned 3/11 and pleaded not guilty."
  • Initial Appearance

    February 1, 2021 "Initial appearance held 2/1. Released on bond 2/5."
  • Charged

    February 8, 2021 "Charged via criminal information 2/8."
  • Status Conference

    September 20, 2021 "Status conference set for 9/20 at 2 pm. Defendant remains on personal recognizance."
  • Charged

    March 7, 2022 "Third amended Information filed, 3/7/22."
  • Sentenced

    June 17, 2022 "Sentenced 6/17/22 to 14 days in jail (time already served), one year of supervised release, 60 hours of community service, $3,000 fine, $500 restitution. Credit for time already served (20 days)."

Sentencing Details

  • Prison: 14 day(s)
  • Parole/Supervised Release: 12 month(s)
  • Community Service: 60 hour(s)
  • Fine/Restitution: $3500

Affiliated Organizations

    • Extremist / Right-Wing Group

    Cowboys for Trump

    1 individual(s)

Press Coverage

  • New Mexico county commissioner and Cowboys for Trump founder removed from elected office for role in US Capitol riot

    Published on September 6, 2022 Read at CNN
  • ‘Cowboys for Trump’ founder’s Jan. 6 case highlights challenges facing prosecutors

    Published on September 20, 2021 Read at Politico
  • 57 GOP State And Local Officials Were At The Capitol Insurrection

    Published on February 13, 2021 Read at HuffPost
  • New Mexico County Commissioner Charged for Breaching U.S. Capitol

    Published on January 17, 2021 Read at US DOJ

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