One year later: Georgia’s Jan. 6 defendants and where their cases currently stand

METRO ATLANTA — Just one year after one of the most stunning events in the history of the United States, the fallout from the attack on the Capitol building by people trying to overturn the 2020 presidential election continues.

Federal investigators continue the search for people believed to be involved in the attack on the U.S. Capitol building a year later.

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According to information from the Department of Justice, at least 17 people from the state of Georgia are among the over 700 people federal investigators have arrested or charged.

Of those, four have already plead guilty to the charges they were facing.

Cleveland Grover Meredith, who once owned a business in Smyrna and graduated from The Lovett School, pleaded guilty to felony charges of interstate communications of theft. Meredith was sentenced on Dec. 14, 2021 to 28 months in prison.

Kevin Douglas Creek of Johns Creek was arrested in June after being identified by body cam video when he assaulted two officers during the Jan. 6 attack in Washington. Creek was charged with assault by resisting or impeding officers and pleaded guilty Dec. 1, 2021. He’s scheduled to be sentenced on the charges on March 10.

Verden Andrew Nalley of Buford was arrested Feb. 19, 2021. Nalley admitted to entering the Capitol after investigators found online evidence showing him in the building. He was charged with obstructing an official proceeding in a restricted building or grounds; violent entry or disorderly conduct.

Nalley pleaded guilty to his charges and is scheduled to be sentenced on Mar. 10, 2022.

Glen Mitchell Simon of Jefferson was charged shortly after the attack when investigators found social media video on his Facebook page showing him at the Capitol with others who took part in the attack. Simon pleaded guilty to a charge of demonstrating inside the Capitol on Oct. 15, 2021. He’s scheduled to be sentenced on Jan. 21, 2022.

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Twelve other Georgia residents are facing charges related to their activities during the attack.

Matthew Jay Webler is the most recent person arrested. The FBI’s Domestic Terrorism Squad arrested Webler after they were able to find video that the Decatur resident had posted of himself in the Capitol during the attack. They obtained an arrest warrant in late November which was served in early December.

Webler has been charged with entering and remaining in a restricted building or grounds, disorderly and disruptive conduct in a restricted building or grounds, disorderly conduct in the Capitol building and parading, demonstrating or picketing in a Capitol building.

Wade Whitton, William McCall Calhoun, Bruno Cua, Michael Daughtry, Joseph Hutchinson III, Nolan Kidd, Jonathan Laurens, Ronald Loehrke, Savannah McDonald, Blas Santillan and Benjamin Torre are all facing multiple federal charges. They have not been put on trial at this time.

Lisa Eisenhart, from Blue Ridge was also arrested after investigators found photos of her in Washington D.C. with her son, Eric Munchel who lives in Nashville, Tennessee.

Munchel, who has been widely recognized as the “zip tie guy” in the attack, reportedly attended Fannin County High School and had lived in both DeKalb and Fulton County.

A multitude of events are planned for the Washington D.C. area to remember the Capitol police officers who lost their lives or were injured while defending the Capitol.

The Alliance for Black Lives plans to hold a vigil at the steps of the Georgia State Capitol on Thursday afternoon according to a list of events permitted at the building.

The Cobb County Republican party had been planning to hold a vigil on Jan. 6 on for those arrested in the incident. The backlash from their announced plan has caused them to cancel the event.