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Ronald Sandlin biography: 13 things about US Capitol riot suspect from Millington, Tennessee

Ronald Lawrence “Ronnie” Sandlin is a Mexican man who has lived in various parts of the United States including Tennessee, California and Nevada. Here are 13 more things about him:

  1. He is originally from Tampico, Tamaulipas, Mexico. He is based in Millington, Tennessee. He previously lived in Memphis, Tennessee, in Long Beach, California and in Las Vegas, Nevada. (a)(b)(c)(d)(e)
  2. On July 19, 2018, he uploaded a YouTube video of himself discussing hard hitting copywriting strategies for the AWOL Elite Conference 2018. (f)
  3. In 2018, he was cited for driving with an expired California driver’s license and expired license plates. (e)
  4. In 2020, he was cited for driving without a valid license and for holding a cellphone to his face while driving. In the same year, he lived with his parents for several months in Memphis. (e)
  5. On December 23, 2020, he referenced the crossing of the Rubicon River in Italy in 49 BC in a Facebook post. He wrote, “Who is going to Washington D.C. on the 6th of January? I’m going to be there to show support for our president and to do my part to stop the steal and stand behind Trump when he decides to cross the rubicon. If you are a patriot I believe it’s your duty to be there. I see it as my civic responsibility. If you’re going comment below or PM me so we can meet up.” (c)
  6. On December 31, 2020, he took to Facebook to announce that he was “organizing a caravan of patriots” who were going to Washington D.C., USA to “stand behind” Trump. He shared a link of the GoFundMe page asking for donations for him, Josiah Colt and Nathaniel J. DeGrave and said the three of them had already booked and paid for their trip to Washington, D.C. On January 3, 2020, he revealed on Facebook that their GoFundMe page was deleted. (a)
  7. On January 2, 2021, he wrote on Facebook that in 2020, he had a “huge financial blow,” “got dumped” by his fiancé, crashed his motorcycle and lost his grandfather. On January 4, 2021, he posted to Facebook a picture of Colt lying on a bed holding a firearm, with the caption, “My fellow patriot sleeping ready for the boogaloo Jan 6.” (a)(b) 
  8. Wearing a bright orange sweatshirt, black rimmed glasses and a baseball cap while carrying a backpack and a small bag, he went to the U.S. Capitol building in Washington, D.C., USA on January 6, 2021 with Colt and DeGrave. That day, Donald Trump‘s supporters breached the building while a joint session of Congress was certifying the vote of the Electoral College and affirming Joe Biden‘s victory in the 2020 presidential election. He fought with police and smoked marijuana while inside the building. (c)
  9. A Federal Bureau of Investigation special agent filed a criminal complaint, which U.S. Magistrate Judge Zia M. Faruqui signed on January 20, 2021. (c)
  10. On January 28, 2021, he parked his truck outside of DeGrave’s apartment in Las Vegas. FBI agents arrested him there that day. He was booked into the Henderson Detention Center in Henderson, Nevada. For his participation in the U.S. Capitol riot on January 6, 2021, he was charged with obstructing law enforcement engaged in official duties incident to civil disorder, obstructing law enforcement knowingly entering or remaining in any restricted building or grounds without lawful authority, violent entry and disorderly conduct on U.S. Capitol grounds. (g)
  11. During a detention hearing in federal court in February 2021, the judge told him he owes $500,000 in back taxes and he asked the judge to have mercy on him. In the same month, the I-Team found that no community where he is known to have resided can find a record of him voting in the 2020 U.S. presidential election. (e)
  12. On September 30, 2022, he pleaded guilty in Washington, D.C. to conspiracy to obstruct an official proceeding and assaulting, resisting or impeding officers. (b)
  13. He was 35 years old when Judge Dabney Friedrich sentenced him on December 9, 2022 to 63 months in prison and a three-year period of supervised release and ordered him to pay a $2,000 fine. (h)

(This is a developing story. More details are being added.)


If you have information about someone who participated in the U.S. Capitol riot on January 6, 2021, call 1-800-CALL-FBI or submit relevant photos and videos to the FBI.


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