Tuesday, September 27

Memphis business owner convicted for role in Jan. 6 riot

A Memphis business owner who texted his wife days after the Jan. 6, 2021, insurrection at the US Capitol that all elected officials were “going to be executed” was found guilty Thursday of one felony and four misdemeanors related to the riot.

After a Washington DC-based jury found Olive Branch resident Matthew Bledsoe guilty, his sentencing was set for Oct. 21.

Bledsoe, 38, was convicted of obstruction of an official proceeding, entering and remaining in a restricted building, disorderly conduct in a restricted building and in a Capitol building, and demonstrating in a Capitol building.

Bledsoe pleaded not guilty to all the charges and rejected a plea deal from the US government on Jan. 31.

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