“I’m accustomed to the government being fairly aggressive” in seeking restitution, Howell added.
The defendant who pleaded guilty during Monday’s hearing, Glenn Wes Lee Croy, agreed to pay $500 in restitution, which has become typical for defendants pleading to misdemeanors. The few rioters who have pleaded guilty to felony charges have each agreed to pay $2,000 in restitution.
So far, 34 people have pleaded guilty to charges stemming from the riot.
Federal prosecutors say that Croy bragged to an associate on social media that “I was there” on January 6, and shared photos of himself inside the Capitol. He faces a potential maximum of six months in jail, though he may be ordered to serve much less, or even no jail time, when he is sentenced.
Prosecutors said they will explain why they have limited restitution to $1.5 million before Croy is sentenced in October.