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The son of a famous painter convicted of the January 6 attack on the Capitol

The son of a famous American painter was convicted of four counts of participating in the January 6, 2021 storming of the US Capitol

Son of Famous Painter Sentenced in January 6 Capitol AttackBy STEVE LeBLANCAssociated PressThe Associated PressBOSTON

BOSTON (AP) — The son of a popular American painter was convicted Friday of four counts of participating in the January 6, 2021 storming of the United States Capitol.

Vincent Gillespie, 61, of Athol, Massachusetts, was found guilty of assaulting, resisting or impeding officers; civil disorder; engaging in physical violence in a confined building or terrain; and an act of physical violence on the Capitol grounds or buildings, prosecutors said.

Sentencing is scheduled for March 17.

Detectives said Gillespie pushed, screamed and fought with police, maneuvering towards a line of officers defending the outer door on Lower West Terrace. At one point, Gillespie took control of a police shield and used it to ram officers, they said.

He grabbed a Metropolitan Police Department sergeant by the arm, dragging him towards the crowd and yelling “traitor” and “treason,” according to the U.S. Department of Justice.

An attorney representing Gillespie did not immediately return a request for comment.

A video interview conducted by Gillespie with the Associated Press at the time of the riot it was used as evidence by prosecutors during the trial, along with Capitol security video and police body cameras.

Though he was quick to give his name when asked by the AP reporter at the scene of the interview, Gillespie hesitated before saying where he was from. “They’re coming after me, man,” he said, hesitating before adding, “I’m in Massachusetts.”

Vincent Gillespie is the son of the famous postwar American artist Gregory Gillespie, whose self-portraits, fantastic landscapes and geometric abstractions are included in the collections of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Whitney Museum of American Art, the Museum of Fine Arts Boston and other museums . Gregory Gillespie died in 2000.

AP video captured a flushed Vincent Gillespie loitering outside the Capitol talking defiantly about his role in the attack and his lament that more like-minded individuals weren’t joining the fight.

“We were almost overpowering them,” Gillespie, blood visible on his scalp from the confrontation, told an AP reporter. “If there had been 15, 20 other guys behind us pushing, I think we could have won.”

The trial began on Monday with jurors beginning deliberations on Thursday and concluding on Friday. At trial. Gillespie testified in his defense.

“She testified that she found the events of January 6 amusing and amusing,” said juror president Niki Christoff, 44, of Washington, DC. “Testifying in her defense, I think she tried to muddy the waters and that just added jury deliberation time.”

Christoff cited what he described as damning photographic and video evidence against Gillespie.

Gillespie was spotted by AP outside the Capitol as he poured water into his eyes, ostensibly to combat the effects of the chemical spray.

He said he was among those who attempted to storm the building by breaking through an opening.

“I was with other guys. And then we were starting to push against each other and they were hitting us and putting that pepper spray stuff in your eyes. But there were a bunch of people pushing behind us,” Gillespie told The AP.

“What you guys need to know, and no one is going to hear this, we were very (explicit) close.” If more people had been behind him, he said, “then there’s that second set of doors we’d have just been kicking down.”

He added in the video that he hoped those attacking the building would “flood, so there’s nothing they can do.

“That’s what I hope they do. Take care. Take care. Own it for a few days. I’m not an anarchist, but you can’t stand what happened in this election,” he said in an apparent reference to former President Donald Trump’s false claims that the election was stolen.

Investigators said they were tipped off about Gillespie’s identity by a former neighbor and others, including employees of the town of Athol, where Gillespie attends meetings and pays taxes to the town hall. In all, authorities said, six witnesses independently identified him from images taken from the riot.

Gillespie is one of nearly 900 people arrested in nearly all 50 states in connection with the storming of the Capitol in which pro-Trump mobs tried to stop the certification of Joe Biden’s 2020 election victory, officials said.