Where Iowa’s Capitol Rioters Stand now With Upcoming Court Dates

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By Ty Rushing

July 23, 2021

Six Iowans—including a mother and son—have been charged, so far, with federal crimes for their roles in the Capitol insurrection on Jan 6.

Daryl Johnson of St. Ansgar was the latest Iowan charged when he was arrested on June 11.

His charges include entering and remaining in a restricted building, disorderly and disruptive conduct in a restricted building, violent entry and disorderly conduct in a Capitol Building, and parading, demonstrating, or picketing in a Capitol building, according to The U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Columbia, which is prosecuting all of the cases.

Johnson’s son, Daniel Johnson of Austin, Minnesota, also was arrested and faces the same charge. According to the criminal complaint filed against the two, the younger Johnson posted videos on Snapchat of himself in the US Capitol Building during the riot.

Daryl Johnson’s next court appearance is July 27.

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Doug Jensen of Des Moines was in custody from Jan. 9 until mid-July when he was placed on house arrest until his trial.

Jensen faces six charges for his role in the insurrection, including obstructing a law enforcement officer during a civil disorder. The day before he was taken into custody, Jensen visited the Des Moines Police Department where he confessed to his role in the riot.

According to court filings, Jensen admitted chasing a Capitol Police officer up the stairs after he refused to obey the officer’s orders. He also intentionally positioned himself to be among the first people inside the Capitol because he was wearing a T-shirt promoting the debunked QAnon conspiracy theory and he wanted it seen on video so “Q” could “get the credit.”

Jensen’s next court appearance is July 27.

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Leo Kelly of Cedar Rapids was arrested on Jan. 18, had his initial court appearance on Feb. 9, and has a status hearing on Aug. 9.

Kelly is charged with knowingly entering or remaining in any restricted building or grounds without lawful authority; violent entry with intent to disrupt the orderly conduct of official business and disorderly conduct on Capitol grounds.

According to a Jan. 11 interview he did with the Cedar Rapids Gazette, Kelly said God will judge his actions and he was willing to deal with the consequences for his involvement in the insurrection.

“If the FBI or whoever calls me—I mean, they know where to find me, I’m sure—I’ll talk to them,” Kelly told the Gazette. “I understand there could be consequences for what happened and I will accept those and deal with them.”

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Deborah Sandoval of Des Moines and her son, Salvador Sandoval Jr. of Ankeny, were each charged for multiple offenses related to the Capitol riot including engaging in an act of physical violence on the Capitol Grounds.

The Sandovals were arrested on Feb. 19, indicted on March 9, and both pleaded not guilty to their respective charges during a May 13 hearing. Their next court appearance is on Sept. 15.

According to the criminal complaint filed against him, Sandoval Jr. pushed two officers while in the Capitol and was unsuccessful in trying to take a third officer’s shield. These incidents were captured by closed-circuit television cameras.

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The last-known Iowan to be charged in connection to the insurrection is Kyle Young of Redfield, a rural Dallas County community.

Young, 37, was arrested on April 14 when members of the Dallas County Sheriff’s Office and Federal Bureau of Investigation executed a search warrant at his home. Authorities seized $7,866 in cash as well as high quantities of marijuana and marijuana paraphernalia.

Additionally, Young faces 13 charges including two separate assaults of a Capitol officer. In one incident, Young was allegedly part of a mob that shot a Capitol officer with a stun gun and stole his ammunition, badge, and radio.

On the internet, Young was coined #AscendDad because he brought his 16-year-old son with him to Washington, DC, during the assault on the Capitol.

The elder Young’s next court appearance is Aug. 3.


by Ty Rushing

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  • Ty Rushing

    Ty Rushing is the Chief Political Correspondent for Iowa Starting Line. He is a trail-blazing veteran Iowa journalist, an Emmy-nominated filmmaker, and co-founder and president of the Iowa Association of Black Journalists. Send tips or story ideas to [email protected] and find him on social media @Rushthewriter.

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