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Greer man pleads guilty to entering U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6, the 3rd from SC

James Douglas Lollis Jr. inside Capitol (copy)

Still images of U.S. Capitol security footage appear to show James Douglas Lollis Jr. inside the Capitol in Washington, D.C., on Jan. 6, 2020. Provided/FBI

GREENVILLE — A South Carolina real estate agent caught on video inside the U.S. Capitol during the Jan. 6 riot has pleaded guilty to one misdemeanor in exchange for the government dropping other charges against him.

James Douglas Lollis Jr. of Greer pleaded guilty to one count of parading, demonstrating or picketing in a Capitol building, a class B misdemeanor that carries a maximum penalty of six months in jail, five years probation and a $5,000 fine. Lollis hasn’t been sentenced yet.

Lollis also agreed to pay $500 toward a Capitol restitution fund that the U.S. government said is for repairs to more than $1.4 million in damage to the Capitol building and grounds from the Jan. 6 attack.

Prosecutors said that Lollis traveled to Washington on Jan. 5 with Derek Cooper Gunby, an Anderson man who also faces charges in the incident, and stayed in a hotel in Virginia before attending former President Donald Trump’s speech near the Washington Monument on Jan. 6.

He then marched with a crowd to the Capitol and entered the building through the Senate wing door, stuck what appeared to be a card or sticker to the wall and walked through the lobby before exiting through the same door.

Outside, Lollis walked toward Metro Police Department officers near where a crowd of rioters had formed and yelled at officers, “We got a man down here dying! His lips are purple! You need to get him now!” according to the plea agreement that Lollis signed.

He moved closer to the officers and was sprayed in the face by a “crowd control spray,” according to the agreement.

Lollis was released on a $25,000 unsecured bond after his arrest in Greenville on Sept. 8.

In exchange for the guilty plea, the government will drop three additional charges against Lollis, including for entering and remaining in a restricted building, disruptive conduct in a restricted building and disorderly conduct in a Capitol building.

The Capitol was closed to the public on Jan. 6 because a joint session of Congress was being held to formally certify electoral college votes.

But rioters who wanted to stop the certification process pushed past police barricades. Some climbed scaffolding, smashed windows and fought with officers before entering the Capitol building as members of Congress were moved to safety. Congress returned later that night and certified the election.

Five people died during or after the incident, including one woman shot and killed by a Capitol Police officer. More than 100 members of law enforcement were injured and several committed suicide in the days and weeks following the attack.

More than 675 people have now been charged in the incident, including more than 210 charged with assaulting or impeding law enforcement, according to the FBI.

Lollis becomes the third person from South Carolina who has pleaded guilty in the Capitol breach. He is among 11 from the state who have been charged in the attack.

Andrew Hatley and Nicholas Languerand previously agreed to plea deals in exchange for some charges being dropped against them. Languerand, 26, of Little River pleaded guilty to assaulting law enforcement with a dangerous weapon after evidence showed him throwing an orange traffic barrier and “stick-like objects” at officers outside the Capitol, according to the FBI. He will be sentenced in January.

Hatley pleaded guilty to the same charge as Lollis. He will be sentenced Dec. 16.

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