Antionne Brodnax, a rapper known as Bugzie the Don, has been sentenced to five months in prison after he entered the Capitol during the Jan. 6, 2021, riot. He later used a photo of himself sitting on a police vehicle that day for an album cover.
However, one photo shows Brodnax inside the Capitol on Jan. 6, sitting at the base of a statue of Nobel Peace Prize winner and famed agrologist Norman Borlaug, and another shows him sitting on a Capitol Police vehicle, prosecutors said. The rapper used an image from that day for his album “The Capital.”
Prosecutors said Brodnax “attempted to profit from the riot by releasing a rap album that used the attack on the Capitol as a theme,” WRIC reported.
Brodnax pleaded guilty to four misdemeanor counts, including for entering a restricted building.
Brodnax’s attorney, Mary Maguire, reportedly called the rapper a “great community asset” and cited his clothing line and music label in an effort to get him a probationary sentence.
Prosecutors argued the rapper should receive an extended sentence for deleting evidence from the riot, and that his past felony convictions warranted a 21-month-long prison sentence, according to WUSA.
A federal judge ruled Brodnax “had willfully obstructed the administration of justice” on Monday, WUSA reported. After his five months in prison, he will face one year of supervised release.
Brodnax ― following his sentencing on Monday ― has since received a show of support from fellow rapper Westside Gunn, who called for “The Capital” rapper’s freedom and said he needs to buy 100 copies of the album.