Rioters climb the west wall of the U.S. Capitol in Washington on Jan. 6, 2021. (AP Photo/Jose Luis Magana, File)
Federal authorities have expanded the charges against two men they say were involved in the assault on the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6 — one of them from Las Vegas.
Ronald Sandlin, 34, of Tennessee and Nathaniel DeGrave, 32, of Las Vegas are charged with federal offenses including conspiracy, obstructing an official proceeding and assaulting, resisting or impeding officers.
DeGrave was arraigned Monday in Washington, D.C. Sandlin was arraigned last week.
Both men have pleaded not guilty and both remain in custody. A status conference is scheduled for Oct. 21.
According to court documents, Sandlin and DeGrave began planning their trip to the capital in December, using among other things a private group chat with another defendant, Josiah Colt. Colt entered a plea agreement with prosecutors in July.
The two are charged with forcing their way into the Capitol and into the Senate gallery.
Sandlin created a video in which he repeatedly said, “there is going to be violence.”
Forcing their way past capital police, the court documents say DeGrave shouted instructions to kick in the door. He is also accused of calling on other rioters to take the laptops, paperwork, “take everything.”