By Ellen Fike, Cowboy State Daily
A former Cody resident pleaded guilty late last month to participating in the Jan. 6, 2021 riot at the U.S. Capitol.
Andrew James Galloway, who now lives in Tennessee, reached a plea agreement in which he pleaded guilty to demonstrating in a Capitol building, admitting to his role in attack on the Capitol.
Galloway was charged Jan. 4. He will be sentenced in July and faces up to six months in prison or five years of probation. He will also pay $500 in restitution toward the $1.5 million in damages caused at the Capitol.
According to court documents, after the Capitol attack, the FBI received an online tip concerning Galloway’s participation in the riot.
The tip referenced a TikTok video in which Galloway states “Yeah, that was us today. No, it wasn’t Antifa.” While the video has been deleted from TikTok, a similar one was uploaded to YouTube.
After receiving the tip, the FBI identified Galloway in Capitol surveillance footage. At 2:24 on Jan. 6, 2021, he entered the Capitol through a breached window. He walked around in the building and left through the same window about 10 minutes later, the affidavit said.
In the YouTube video, a man identified as Galloway is clearly visible due to his wool cap that had “TRUMP” written on it. The man is wearing the hat in the TikTok video.
After identifying Galloway in the video, the FBI interviewed him at his home in Cody. He positively identified himself in the video and did not dispute that he was at the Capitol. However, he said he did not enter the building, but only approached from the outside.
However, agents identified him in surveillance footage and also noted that his cell phone GPS pinged inside of the Capitol.
Former President Donald Trump was impeached following the Capitol attack for the alleged role he played in inciting it, although he was later acquitted.
The deaths of two people have been tied directly to the incident, a woman who was shot by a Capitol police officer and an officer who suffered a series of strokes in the hours following the invasion.