Actor Jay Johnston, known for roles in “Mr. Show,” “Arrested Development,” “Bob’s Burgers,” and “Anchorman,” has pleaded guilty to obstructing officers during the Jan. 6, 2021, attack on the U.S. Capitol. Appearing in court, Johnston admitted to his involvement in the Capitol riot, where he was seen handing a stolen police shield to other rioters and participating in an assault on officers at the lower west tunnel.

Comedian Jay Johnston Admits Involvement in Capitol Attack, Faces Sentencing
Jay Johnston (pictured) at the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6, 2021

Johnston, listed as No. 247 on the FBI’s Capitol Violence website, faced professional backlash before charges were filed. His character on “Bob’s Burgers,” Jimmy Pesto Sr., was written off due to his participation in the riot, as reported by the Daily Beast. The FBI made over 1,400 arrests and secured more than 1,000 convictions related to the Capitol attack. Johnston’s sentencing is scheduled for Oct. 7, and the defense and prosecution must submit their sentencing memos by early October.

The FBI has continued to make arrests, including high-profile sentences such as the 22 years for Enrique Tarrio, former Proud Boys leader. The Supreme Court’s recent ruling on the obstruction charge used against Jan. 6 defendants is expected to impact many cases, with the government having less than a year and a half to charge the remaining identified rioters before the statute of limitations expires in early 2026.