Two Wisconsin men charged with storming the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6 had their first court appearances today at the Madison federal courthouse.
According to the criminal complaint, Brandon Nelson of Dane County and Abram Markofski of La Crosse County, have been charged with, among other things: disorderly conduct; and entering and remaining in a restricted building.
The statement of facts showed the FBI on Jan. 7 received an anonymous tip that Nelson had helped storm the Capitol the day before. And during questioning, Nelson admitted he entered the building with his friend Markofski.
An FBI review of surveillance footage also highlighted images of the two inside the Capitol wearing “Make America Great Again” hats. Additionally, Google Maps records obtained via search warrant showed Markofski’s phone was at least partially inside the building between 2:15 p.m. and 3:41 p.m. on the day of the storming.
Both men after appearances were released from custody on the condition they could not leave the federal Western District of Wisconsin without prior authorization and had to stay out of Washington, D.C., other than for official court business.
Markofski is a member of the Wisconsin National Guard. In court he asked if he’d still be permitted to possess and carry firearms while the case plays out, to which the judge said he could.
They’re next scheduled to appear before the D.C. courts via Zoom on May 10 at noon.
See the complaint.