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Judge allows Capitol rioter accused of assaulting officers to go to co-accused’s wedding


Judge allows Capitol rioter accused of assaulting officers to go to his best friend and co-defendant’s wedding in Florida – where one of the guests could include a third co-accused who has so far evaded arrest

  • Joseph Hutchinson III, 25, of Georgia, will be able to celebrate the nuptial of his life long friend Josh Doolin, 23, of Florida
  • The men are accused of assaulting Capitol police, theft of property and trespassing in the Capitol building
  • Hutchinson will also be able to travel to Florida for Christmas, the judge ruled
  • A third friend, Jonathan Pollack, 21, who was with them on Jan. 6 is still a fugitive from authorities but could crash the event


Joseph Hutchinson III, of Georgia, wil be allowed to travel to Florida for his best friend and Capitol riot co-defendant’s five-day wedding,  for a five-day wedding in Florida, a federal judge decided 

A Capitol rioter out on bail after being charged with assaulting cops at the building on January 6 will be allowed to travel to Florida to attend his best friend and co-accused’s bachelor party and wedding, a federal  judge has ruled.

Joseph Hutchinson III, 25, of Albany, Georgia will head to Lakeland, Florida to attend a five day celebration for his lifelong buddy Josh Doolin, 23, who is getting married on January 4 – a day beofore the anniversary of the attack on the Capitol building.  

Both men have pleaded not guilty to assaulting Capitol police officers, theft of government property, illegally being on the grounds of the federal building, violent entry and disorderly conduct. They both are released on bail with travel restrictions while they await their day in court.

Bodycam footage released by federal prosecutors shows both men storming the building, ramming police barricades and tackling officers.

Federal prosecutors opposed lifting the travel restrictions, which do not allow him to associate with his co-defendants or travel to DC, because another friend of the accused rioters, Jonathan Pollock, 21, who is currently a fugitive of justice for his role in the Capitol attack, could also be there. 

Pollack is accused of assaulting federal officers with a flag pole.

However, Judge Carl Nicholas agreed to let Hutchinson drive the 308 miles from South Georgia to mid-Florida on December 30 to get his wedding suit fitted, whoop it up at a Tampa steakhouse for the bachelor party and toast his friend at the wedding. He’ll also be attending the rehearsal dinner.

Joseph Hutchinson III, circled in gray, was photographed at the riot alongside Jonathan Pollock (circled in orange) and groom-to-be Josh Doolin on January 6

Joseph Hutchinson III, circled in gray, was photographed at the riot alongside Jonathan Pollock (circled in orange) and groom-to-be Josh Doolin on January 6

Josh Doolin, who drives a bread truck in Florida, has run afoul of the terms of his supervised release, once being absent during a home check-in and a second time when an AR-15 assault rifle was found in his home

Jonathan Pollock was seen at the Capitol alongside Joseph Hutchinson III and prosecutors believe he may be at the wedding. He is currently a fugitive from justice

Josh Doolin (left), who drives a bread truck in Florida, has run afoul of the terms of his supervised release, once being absent during a home check-in and a second time when an AR-15 assault rifle was found in his home. Another co-accused, Jonathan Pollock (right) was seen at the Capitol alongside Joseph Hutchinson III and prosecutors believe he may be at the wedding. He is currently a fugitive from justice 

Pollock and Hutchinson seen here ramming a police barricade during the Jan. 6 riot at the Capitol building

Pollock and Hutchinson seen here ramming a police barricade during the Jan. 6 riot at the Capitol building

‘As one of Mr. Doolin’s best friends, Mr. Hutchinson is proud to be one of six groomsmen and a member of the wedding party,’ his lawyer Timothy Saviello wrote in his request to the judge for the exemption to his home confinement conditions. ‘As such, he would be included in all the traditional events celebrating the wedding.’

Saviello argued that travel restrictions had already been lifted in November so that the two men could celebrate Thanksgiving together. 

Doolin, who drives a bread delivery truck, has had trouble following the rules of his supervised release. 

He was absent during a random check of his home and federal official found an AR-15 rifle in his home, according to NBC.

‘I had no idea that rifle was in the house or on the property,” Doolin told he judge, according to the news network. ‘I have everything to lose and nothing to gain. I wouldn’t be foolish enough to have a [gun] on the property.’

Hutchinson (left) and Josh Doolin (with shotgun) were both arrested and charged with assault on federal officers, theft of government property, disorderly conduct and trespassing on the Capitol building. Both men have pleaded not guilty and await trial

Hutchinson (left) and Josh Doolin (with shotgun) were both arrested and charged with assault on federal officers, theft of government property, disorderly conduct and trespassing on the Capitol building. Both men have pleaded not guilty and await trial

Judge Nichols has twice denied his request for an ankle monitor to be removed. 

A congressional committee is now investigating the attack on the Capitol following a rally by former President Donald Trump. Rioters have been accused of attempting to prevent the certification of the 2020 election so that Trump could remain in office.

More than 700 people have been charged with crimes related to the attack. 

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