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Pennsylvania Man Awaiting Sentencing Over January 6th Commits Suicide

Pennsylvania Man Awaiting Sentencing Over January 6th Commits Suicide

“pleaded guilty June 27 in District of Columbia federal court to a charge of demonstrating or parading in a restricted building”

A Pennsylvania man named Mark Aungst who was set to be sentenced over his presence in the Capitol on January 6th has committed suicide. He was 47-years-old and leaves behind a daughter and other family members.

Hasn’t all of this gone far enough?

Penn Live reports:

Pa. man awaiting sentencing for entering the U.S. Capitol during the Jan. 6 riot has died

A Lycoming County man awaiting sentencing for illegally entering the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6, 2021, has died.

The death Wednesday of Mark R. Aungst, 47, of South Williamsport, was ruled a suicide, Coroner Charles E. Kiessling Jr. said.

Aungst pleaded guilty June 27 in District of Columbia federal court to a charge of demonstrating or parading in a restricted building. His sentencing was scheduled for Sept. 27 before Judge Reggie B. Walton. He could have been sentenced up to six months in prison and fined $5,000.

Aungst and co-defendant Tammy A. Bronsburg, who pleaded guilty to the same charge, traveled by bus to Washington on Jan. 6, 2021 for President Trump’s “stop the steal” rally. They then joined others and marched to the Capitol…

Neither assaulted a police officer nor stole or damaged government property, the prosecutor had said at a previous court proceeding.

According to this November 2021 report from Penn Live, Aungst offered to perform community service as punishment, but his offer was rejected:

Pa. man suggests community service as punishment for his part in Capitol attack, but government rejects it

A Lycoming County man has rejected the government’s plea offer to resolve charges against him stemming from the Jan. 6 riot at the U.S. Capitol.

Also, the government has rejected a counter offer from Mark R. Aungst, 46, of South Williamsport, that had him escape prosecution if he completed 50 hours of community service.

The rejections were revealed Friday during a telephone conference with District of Columbia federal Judge Reggie B. Walton.

Earlier this year, another Pennsylvania man named Matthew Perna also committed suicide while awaiting sentencing over January 6th.

According to Julie Kelly, this is the third suicide.

People are expressing sadness and anger on Twitter.

What’s being done to the January 6th defendants is un-American, and it’s past time for our leaders in Washington to say so in a unified voice.


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Dejectedhead | July 24, 2022 at 10:27 am

Hasn’t it gone far enough?

Democrats won’t feel bad about this, this is the outcome they want. Another Trump supporter dead from the shame of being a traitor in their eyes. Their efforts will continue, just as they did in the Soviet Gulags.

    alaskabob in reply to Dejectedhead. | July 24, 2022 at 12:39 pm

    The Dems are cleansing (their words) the country of undesirables. It also signals what awaits anyone defying their rule. As I wrote before the election, the outcome would result in deportations, demotions to second class “citizens” and deaths. So far..two of three and many will be driven from the country. This is a grand plan to bring about a “kindler,gentler” Soviet style state.

Blaise MacLean | July 24, 2022 at 10:27 am

Was he still in custody or out on bail? The document above says he was arrested in February 2021 but doesn’t mention if he had been granted bail. If not, 17 months in pretrial custody with over two more before sentencing is an outrage.

    Blaise MacLean: Was he still in custody or out on bail?

    As with most defendants from the riot, Aungst was out on personal recognizance.

    The federal Bail Reform Act, 18 U.S. Code § 3142, presumes defendants will be released before trial. Pretrial confinement requires the government show to the court probable cause that the defendant is flight risk, a continuing danger to society, or will attempt to undermine the judicial process (such as by destroying evidence or threatening witnesses).

    {If we do not respond, that is likely because the powers-that-be have decided that our comments are a threat to your preconceptions.}

Crowd management ignored, voices denied, an invitation extended, a rug summarily pulled from underfoot, a riot (“disorder”) forced, an unarmed women in a prone position aborted with prejudice – perhaps a diversity motive – by a “hero”, people… persons assaulted, over 6 trimesters of witch hunts, warlock trials, civil rights denied, and handmade tales brayed.

That said, he’s a warlock, dunk him in the pool, burn him at the stake, gas him in the chamber, scalp him in the clinic.

My heart goes out to his family. Not the first from the Marxists going after Jan6 ralliers.

I would hope if in their shoes ( Jan6 Ralliers) would have the fortitude to only admit pleading to my constitutional rights.

This is the second suicide of Jan 6 human being

Beyond the pale

Everyone amd Iran everyone should be protesting this and calling or going in person to their representatives offices

This has to stop

How far is far enough? From my standpoint this went too far from the moment the Democrats made plans to use their power against Republicans….appointing a congressional committee to punish the opposition is too far.

But from the standpoint of the Democrats it will never be too far….they will keep going until they are stopped.

I just sent messages to Rick Scott and Marco Rubio saying that this is a disgrace to our country, and to them if they remain silent.

Didn’t bother to send a message to democrat Val Demings. Waste of digital bits.

JackinSilverSpring | July 24, 2022 at 1:36 pm

Thank you Merrick Garland/s.

Suicide over a 6 month sentence? Doesn’t compute.

    WindyHill in reply to randian. | July 25, 2022 at 10:21 am

    You don’t know anything about his background or what may have transpired in his life since his arrest. This may have simply been the breaking point for him.

Mmmm mmmm mmmm…
What amendment to the Constitution will stop this?
The one authorizing a shadow ban?

Subotai Bahadur | July 24, 2022 at 5:15 pm

Given that the J6 Zaklyucheniji are being held outside the law, Constitution, or court decrees; riddle me this:

How sure are we that the death was a suicide, since as has been noted it benefits the Left?

Subotai Bahadur

    Linda P. in reply to Subotai Bahadur. | July 25, 2022 at 3:17 pm

    My thought exactly. Have you seen the video of the female 1/6 protester being beaten to death by the black female cop? Yes, they tried to revive her, but they failed. The coroner found adderall (treatment for ADHD) in her bloodstream. I’m assuming she’s the protester who died of a “drug overdose.”

    Similar to the capitol cop who shot the unarmed Air Force veteran Ashli Babbitt to death. (The same cop who carelessly left his gun in the restroom some time before the protest. Oh yeah, that guy should never have even seen a gun again!) An investigation found the shooting to be “justified.”

    The Ds are happy to cover up any crime committed by one of their own. But one of THEM? Imprison them till they break! Congrats, Ds, this one broke.

That was what, around 16 months or so from arrest to trial for a misdemeanor charge?

I guess the 3rd Amendment is still in force. Anything else from the Bill of Rights that is still in play?

Capitalist-Dad | July 25, 2022 at 9:09 am

The Democrats’ Stasi (fka FBI) and “Peoples Justice Ministry” (fka DOJ) have certainly disabused the Deplorables of the quaint notion there is a right to redress the government or a right to assembly. Persecuting hundreds of people who just showed up—many who never even entered the Capitol—demonstrates Democrats’ abandonment of all vestiges of American political ideals and the adoption of Fascist and Communist tactics toward “political enemies.”

taurus the judge | July 25, 2022 at 12:40 pm

Turn the emotions off and be objective and get in the game.

I hate to say this but there will be time for tears later and if we don’t start stopping this- he is probably going to have company.

First, we need to make sure this “suicide” is in fact a “personal decision” suicide and not the Epstein or Arkansas strain. I wont attempt to rule out legitimacy but I have a “reasonable suspicion” there may be more to this and is being reported.

Second and most importantly ( the root cause) we simply MUST bring the “law” back to the people.

This is not a “breakdown” of anything or something “wrong”- the REAL INSURRECTION is the taking over of the law by political insurgents and turning that law against the population. That’s what we have here.

So, with the exception of Gaetz, MTG and a few periodic others- where are the RINO’s?

Where is the “outrage” against these peoples rights and freedoms being unjustly taken under color or law?

The RINO seems to have the time to vote on red flag laws, abortion, Sending billions to the Ukraine. Housing illegals in 5 star accommodations and monkey pox support lines but does nothing at this total disregard for Constitutional rights for US citizens?

We need to support Trump- get on the RINO and stay on him/her.