Russell Alford is an owner of an auto body shop in Etowah County, Alabama. He came to Washington, DC and attended Trump’s Save America Rally. Following the speech he walked to the Capital with the crowd. He entered the Capital through an open door with no police protecting it. For the 11 minutes he was inside he stayed near that door with many other non-violent protesters and never confronted police, finally leaving on his own. Judge Tanya Chutkan, who happens to be the judge appointed to Trump’s case, found that for this action Alford deserved 12 months in prison.
For spectating for 11 minutes Alford was charged with (1) Knowingly Entering or Remaining in any Restricted Building or Grounds without Lawful Authority, (2) Disorderly and Disruptive Conduct in a Restricted Building or Grounds, (3) Disorderly Conduct in a Capitol Building, (4) Parading, Demonstrating or Picketing in a Capitol Building.
He was arrested 3/29/21 in Birmingham, Alabama. Made initial appearance on 4/1/21 where he plead not guilty to all counts and was released on personal recognizance. On 10/5/22, a jury found Alford guilty on all counts. On 2/2/2023, he was sentenced to 12 months incarceration as to Count 1, sentenced to 12 months incarceration as to Count 2, sentenced to 6 months incarceration as to Count 3, sentenced to 6 months incarceration as to Count 4. All terms are to run concurrently and will be followed by a term of 12 months Supervised Release. Special Assessment totaling $70.00. Restitution in the amount of $500.00 for all four counts.
Russell is now at the FCI Yazoo City, Mississippi with a release date of May 2024. Receiving mail can be a highlight of these guys week, so if you can find the time give him a boost in moral.