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  • Convicted

Sean McHughLast Updated: September 11, 2023


Auburn, California

Insurrection Related Information

  • Present at Capitol on 1/6

Litigation Details

  • Arrested in Auburn, California
  • Sentenced on Sep 7, 2023

Executive Summary

McHugh, along with other rioters, pushed a large metal sign into a line of uniformed police officers while McHugh yelled into his megaphone, “Put it up there! Put it up there!” McHugh is further captured on video shooting officers with an unknown, yellow chemical spray and with the same canister of spray holstered at his right hip.

Litigation Details

Case File:



  • Knowingly Entering or Remaining in any Restricted Building or Grounds Without Lawful Authority
  • Disorderly and Disruptive Conduct in a Restricted Building or Grounds
  • Engaging in Physical Violence in a Restricted Building or Grounds
  • Disorderly Conduct on Capitol Grounds Physical Violence on Capitol Grounds
  • Obstruction of Law Enforcement During Civil Disorder
  • Assault Law Enforcement Officer with a Deadly or Dangerous Weapon
  • Obstruction of Justice/Congress

Timeline of Litigation

  • Arrested

    Auburn, California | May 27, 2021
  • Arraigned

    July 28, 2021 "Arraignment 7/28; pleaded not guilty to all counts."
  • Initial Appearance

    May 28, 2021 "Initial appearance held 5/28."
  • Charged

    July 7, 2021 "Indicted 7/7. Defendant remains committed."
  • Status Conference

    September 15, 2021 "Status conference set for 9/15 at 11 am."
  • Sentenced

    September 7, 2023 "Sentenced"

Sentencing Details

  • Prison: 78 month(s)
  • Parole/Supervised Release: 36 month(s)
  • Fine/Restitution: $7000

Press Coverage

  • California Man Sentenced to Prison for Assaulting Law Enforcement During Jan. 6 Capitol Breach

    Published on September 7, 2023 Read at US DOJ
  • California Man Found Guilty of Felony Charges Related to Capitol Breach

    Published on April 18, 2023 Read at US DOJ
  • California Man Arrested for Violence on Capitol Grounds during Jan. 6 Capitol Breach

    Published on May 29, 2021 Read at US DOJ


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