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Schenectady, Glens Falls men accused in Capitol riot both face additional counts

Brandon Fellows (inset, left); The man identified as James Bonet as included in Bonet's charging paperwork (inset, right) The scene Jan. 6 (background) Credit: FBI (insets) AP (Background)

Brandon Fellows (inset, left); The man identified as James Bonet as included in Bonet's charging paperwork (inset, right) The scene Jan. 6 (background) Credit: FBI (insets) AP (Background)

The two local men arrested last month in connection with the Jan. 6 U.S. Capitol riot have been charged with additional counts, federal records show.

Brandon Fellows, 26, of Schenectady, and James Bonet, of Glens Falls, had both previously separately faced two federal misdemeanors related to the riot.

Fellows now faces five separate counts, while Bonet faces four, records show.

Fellows, a 2012 Niskayuna High School graduate, originally was charged last month with the two misdemeanors — entering a restricted building or grounds, and violent entry or disorderly conduct.

The federal grand jury in Washington then voted an indictment against Fellows, which was handed up Feb. 5, on charges of obstruction of an official proceeding; entering and remaining in a restricted building or grounds; disorderly and disruptive conduct in a restricted building or grounds; entering and remaining in certain rooms of the Capitol building; and disorderly conduct in a Capitol building.

The total potential term Fellows would face upon conviction was unclear Wednesday evening.

Fellows is specifically accused of attempting to obstruct a proceeding before Congress by entering the Capitol and “engaging in disorderly and disruptive conduct,” his indictment reads.

Bonet, who has been identified as working in Saratoga Springs, now faces counts of entering or 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.

The potential maximum prison term Bonet faces on his top charges appeared to be one year.

Fellows and Bonet were among the hundreds who entered the Capitol building Jan. 6.

Fellows posted about it on Instagram and other social media, including pictures of himself with his feet up on the desk in a U.S. senator’s office. “We took the Capitol and it was glorious” was posted on the Brandon Craig Fellows Facebook page.

The original arrest complaint against Fellows also included a screenshot of a comment attributed to Fellows in a discussion where one participant wrote that the government wasn’t scared of the rioters.

“oh I saw the fear,” Fellows allegedly wrote in response, adding two emojis. “And they know many of us had guns at our hotel rooms and vehicles … we just aren’t pissed enough to kill the police or military. But we will fight them and make them retreat.”

The investigation into Bonet began five days after the riot, when a witness told the FBI that Bonet had been present inside the Capitol on Jan. 6. The witness also provided two videos purportedly from Bonet’s Facebook account, according to the original filing in his case.

The witness told the FBI that some of the videos on Bonet’s Facebook account were deleted after posting, including one that appeared to show Bonet smoking a marijuana cigarette inside the Capitol. The FBI later confirmed the account to be Bonet’s.

The filing also included screenshots from the videos, with one titled “Smoking at the capital building” in which Bonet says “Capitol building smoking with all my people!”

Another video records Bonet declaring that his group “made it in the building” and that they’re “taking it back!”

Fellows has been released on an unsecured $25,000 bond, on condition of home confinement with electronic monitoring. Bonet has been released under supervision.

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