Explore NPR database of Jan. 6 Capitol riot cases and sentencing status updates More than 1,150 people have been charged in the Jan. 6 Capitol riot. NPR is tracking each case from the initial charges through sentencing.

The Jan. 6 attack: The cases behind the biggest criminal investigation in U.S. history

The Jan. 6 attack: The cases behind the biggest criminal investigation in U.S. history

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Editor's note: This story was first published on Feb. 9, 2021. It is regularly updated, and includes explicit language.

On Jan. 6, 2021, supporters of then-President Donald Trump stormed the U.S. Capitol, injuring scores of law enforcement officers, forcing a panicked evacuation of the nation's political leaders, and threatening the peaceful transfer of power.

Five people died during or soon after the riot, and more than $2.9 million worth of damage was done to the Capitol and grounds. The Federal Bureau of Investigation has estimated that 2,000 people may have been involved that day, and considers the attack an act of domestic terrorism. In response, the Department of Justice launched the largest criminal investigation in U.S. history.

NPR is tracking every criminal case stemming from that day's events. This database makes publicly available — and searchable — information on hundreds of cases, including alleged affiliation with extremist ideologies and past or present police or military experience.

An overview of the cases so far

  • Number of people charged, federal: 1,157
  • Number of people who have pleaded guilty: 671
  • Number of individuals who have had jury, bench, or stipulated bench trials: 146
  • The number with mixed verdicts: 41
  • The number convicted on all charges: 103
  • The number acquitted on all charges: 2
  • Number of people sentenced: 660
  • The percentage of people sentenced who have received prison time: 64
  • The median sentence for those who received prison time, in days: 120
  • The number of cases dismissed: 6 federal

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About This Story

This is a project from NPR's Investigations and News Apps teams. NPR's Tom Dreisbach, Meg Anderson, Dina Temple-Raston, Monika Evstatieva, Barbara Van Woerkom, Arezou Rezvani, Barrie Hardymon, Tim Mak, Austin Fast, Emine Yücel, Allison Mollenkamp and Nick McMillan contributed reporting to this project; NPR's Connie Hanzhang Jin and Alyson Hurt built the database; and NPR's Emily Bogle, Catie Dull, Michele Abercrombie and Di'Amond Moore identified photographs.

Correction Feb. 20, 2021

In an earlier version of this database, the summary for Vitali GossJankowski was mistakenly entered twice and appeared incorrectly for Cindy Sue Fitchett.