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Pelham man charged in connection to breach at U.S. Capitol

Posted at 10:47 AM, Jan 19, 2021
and last updated 2021-01-19 10:47:42-05

MACON, Ga. (WTXL) — A Pelham man is now facing federal charges in connection to the Jan. 6 riot at the U.S. Capitol.

According to the U.S. Department of Justice and the U.S. Attorney for the Middle District of Georgia, Michael Shane Daughtry, 58, was charged federally with a violation of entering a restricted building or grounds, which is a misdemeanor.

Authorities said the investigation began on Jan. 7, when an officer from the Pelham Police Department provided the FBI with screenshots of social media posts by Daughtry where he referred to “storm[ing]” the U.S. Capitol.

Following the breach on Jan. 6, a Pelham Police Department officer called Daughtry and recorded the conversation.

"In the conversation, Daughtry stated that he was at the Capitol that day and that he was one of the first people to force his way 4 past the barricades surrounding the perimeter," the criminal complaint read. "He acknowledged during the call that he went 'up to the Capitol door' but 'had to back off' when law enforcement officers shot him with rubber bullets."

Agents said Daughtry documented his time at the U.S. Capitol on social media, sharing pictures of crowds in a restricted area.

Police said Daughtry also stated to them that, “We the one that tore the fence down up there... We was the first ones over the fence. Everybody followed us.”

Daughtry made a preliminary federal court appearance in Macon on Friday.

He was released on bond with several conditions to include internet restrictions. Daughtry has also been ordered to give up his firearms to the U.S. Marshals.