Judge Amy Berman Jackson found Edward Badalian, 28, of Panorama City, California guilty of conspiracy, obstruction of an official proceeding, and entering and remaining in a restricted building. The Judge set his sentencing hearing for July 21, 2023 at 9:30 a.m.
The indictment said that, in fall of 2020, Badalian, and others created a Telegram group chat, called the “Patriots 45 MAGA Gang,” to advocate violence against certain groups and people that that either supported the 2020 Presidential election results, supported liberal, or communist ideologies, or held positions of authority in government. The group collected weapons and tactical gear to bring to Washington, D.C., on Jan. 6,and stormed past barricades to gain unlawful access to the Capitol, and coordinated activities before, during, and after the riot. The indictment alleged that the defendants conspired to stop, delay, and hinder Congress's Certification of the Electoral College Vote.
In the 26 months since Jan. 6, more than 1,000 individuals have been arrested in nearly all 50 states for crimes related to the breach of the U.S. Capitol, including more than 320 individuals charged with assaulting or impeding law enforcement. The investigation remains ongoing.