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Sodus man indicted for role in Capitol Riot

The Department of Justice has arrested James Weeks, a 55-year-old man from Sodus, for his involvement in the January 6, 2021, U.S. Capitol breach. Weeks was captured in security and body camera footage on Capitol grounds, where he identified himself as “Jim Weeks.” He is accused of entering the Capitol, assaulting a Metropolitan Police officer, and actively participating in the violence that day.


Weeks allegedly played a significant role in the riot, moving to the front of the crowd, cursing at police, and participating in efforts to breach further into the Capitol building. He was seen gesturing aggressively towards officers and was maced after striking one of them. Furthermore, Weeks is accused of attempting to use pepper spray against officers and aiding in vandalizing a window of the Capitol.

Following a detailed review of the incident, the FBI apprehended Weeks in Albany. He faces multiple charges including civil disorder, assault on officers, and destruction of government property. His first court appearance was on February 1, 2024, with a follow-up hearing scheduled for next week. This arrest adds to the growing list of over 1,200 individuals charged in connection with the Capitol riots.