Geoffrey Shough sentenced to jail for Jan. 6 Capitol riot

Images via FBI court filings.

The orange jacket-clad man known as ‘Texas Pleather’ will spend months behind bars for his role in the Jan. 6 attack on the US Capitol.

Geoffrey Shough, 38, of Austin, was sentenced to six months in prison on Wednesday, the Justice Department announced. He was seen on Capitol grounds on Jan. 6 wearing a cognac-colored jacket over body armor, as well as a helmet with an American flag patch and goggles. According to prosecutors, he carried and waved a large Texas state flag and cheered as rioters overwhelmed law enforcement officers trying to stop the mob of Donald Trump supporters from breaching the building as Congress certified Joe Biden’s 2020 electoral win.

He ultimately entered the building at around 2:48 pm as part of a line that violently overwhelmed police at the Senate Wing Door. According to the government’s sentencing memorandum, he confronted some police officers, telling in a “very animated conversation” that they “should go home.” Shough then made his way through the Capitol Crypt and through the Hall of Columns before leaving at around 3:03 pm, prosecutors say.

He pleaded guilty in August to one count of civil disorder, a felony punishable by up to five years in prison and a fine of up to $250,000.

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