Mysterious Ray Epps gets slap on the wrist for Jan. 6 offense

 January 13, 2024

This story was originally published by the WND News Center.

Ray Epps, who famously was caught on video telling people to go into the U.S. Capitol building the day before the Jan. 6, 2021, riots, has been given a year of probation plus orders to pay $500 restitution and do 100 hours of community service.

The ex-Marine was accused by observers of being an FBI informant at those events because of the video "in which he is seen talking about going to the Capitol the next day," a report explained.

One member of Congress recently estimated there were 200 FBI operatives at those events, and the Daily Mail commented that Epps' sentence "seems to be comparatively light in relation to those received by other January 6 defendants, who have on average received several years in prison as punishment."

The Daily Mail report said suggestions Epps was cooperating with the FBI mostly came from "a video taken of Epps on January 5, where he is seen talking about entering the Capitol the following day. Images also show Epps whispering with another man, who went on to be accused of being the first person to bypass police barricades."

Epps has sued Fox News claiming that the network spread "destructive conspiracy theories" about him and last year Assistant U.S. Attorney Michael Gordon said that Epps was not ever an "undercover agent for the government."

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