Illinois Man Sentenced For Assaulting Law Enforcement During Jan. 6 Capitol Breach

Get the latest update on the sentencing of an Illinois man who assaulted a law enforcement officer during the Jan. 6 Capitol breach. Find out the details of the case and the ongoing investigation into the unprecedented attack.

In a recent court ruling, an Illinois man, James Robert Elliott, was sentenced to 37 months in prison for assaulting a law enforcement officer during the Jan. 6 Capitol breach. Elliott, a member of the Northern Illinois Proud Boys at the time, traveled to Washington, D.C., equipped with a ballistic vest, helmet, gloves, and a flagpole. Court documents reveal that he approached the Capitol building, carrying out a battle cry and thrusting his flagpole into the police line, making contact with at least one officer. Elliott’s actions disrupted a joint session of the U.S. Congress, resulting in his conviction and subsequent sentencing. This case is part of the ongoing investigation into the Capitol breach, which has seen over 1,000 individuals arrested for related crimes across the country.


In an unprecedented attack on the U.S. Capitol on January 6, 2021, numerous individuals breached the building, assaulting law enforcement officers and disrupting a joint session of Congress. Among those involved was James Robert Elliott, a 25-year-old man from Aurora, Illinois, who was recently sentenced for his role in assaulting a law enforcement officer during the breach. This article will provide a comprehensive overview of the events surrounding the Capitol breach, highlighting Elliott’s actions and the subsequent legal proceedings.

Background Information

The Capitol breach occurred on January 6, 2021, in Washington, D.C., during a joint session of Congress. The purpose of this session was to ascertain and count the electoral votes related to the 2020 presidential election. It was a crucial event in the democratic process, where the results of the election were officially certified.

Sentence and Charges

James Robert Elliott has been sentenced to 37 months in prison for assaulting, resisting, or impeding officers during the Capitol breach. In addition to the prison term, he has been ordered to serve 24 months of supervised release and pay restitution of $2,000 to the Architect of the Capitol. These charges reflect the severity of his actions and the impact they had on law enforcement officers and the functioning of Congress.

Events Leading to the Assault

Elliott’s association with the Northern Illinois Proud Boys, a controversial far-right group, played a significant role in his involvement in the assault. Prior to the breach, he traveled from Illinois to Washington, D.C., where he met with another individual to obtain protective gear, including a ballistic vest, helmet, and hard-knuckle gloves. These actions demonstrate a premeditated intention to participate in the breach.

Actions During the Capitol Breach

On the day of the Capitol breach, Elliott marched alongside other members of the Proud Boys towards the Capitol building. He approached the Capitol from the west, crossing over toppled barriers to reach the west plaza. As the mob of rioters gathered behind him, Elliott shouted a battle cry inspired by a phrase from the movie “300.” He brandished a flag with a wooden pole and swung it at officers, making contact with at least one. He then reached the base of the inauguration scaffolding but was repelled by chemical irritants before he could advance further.

Arrest and Investigation

James Robert Elliott was arrested on December 20, 2021, in Batavia, Illinois. The arrest was the result of an ongoing investigation conducted jointly by the FBI’s Chicago and Washington Field Offices. Both the Metropolitan Police Department and the U.S. Capitol Police provided valuable assistance in this investigation, highlighting the collaboration of multiple law enforcement agencies in bringing perpetrators to justice.

Prosecution and Assistance

The U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Columbia and the Department of Justice National Security Division’s Counterterrorism Section played pivotal roles in prosecuting James Robert Elliott. Additionally, the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Northern District of Illinois provided valuable assistance throughout the legal proceedings. The combined efforts of these offices ensured that justice was served for the assault on law enforcement officers and the disruption of Congress.

Ongoing Investigation

Since January 6, 2021, over 1,000 individuals have been arrested in nearly all 50 states for crimes related to the Capitol breach. Of these, approximately 350 individuals have been charged specifically with assaulting or impeding law enforcement. The investigation into this unprecedented attack on the U.S. Capitol remains ongoing as authorities continue to identify and apprehend those involved in the assault.

Tips and Reporting

The investigation into the Capitol breach heavily relies on tips and information provided by the public. Individuals with any knowledge of potential perpetrators or relevant information are urged to contact the FBI at 1-800-CALL-FBI (1-800-225-5324) or visit Reporting this information is essential in ensuring the successful completion of the investigation and holding all responsible parties accountable for their actions.


The Capitol breach on January 6, 2021, was a shocking and unprecedented attack on the U.S. Capitol, disrupting the democratic process and endangering the lives of law enforcement officers. In prosecuting individuals like James Robert Elliott, who actively participated in assaulting officers, our justice system sends a clear message that such actions will not go unpunished. As the investigation into the Capitol breach continues, the collaboration between law enforcement agencies and the public’s willingness to provide tips will be crucial in ensuring justice is served for all those involved.