William Watson biography: 13 things about US Capitol rioter from Auburn, Alabama

William Wright Watson is a white man from Alabama, United States. Here are 13 more things about him:

William Watson
William Watson
  1. He hails from Auburn, Lee County, Alabama. (a)
  2. On top of his right hand is a tattoo of a hammer and sickle, a symbol from the 2012 video game “Dishonored.” (b)
  3. On July 2, 2020, he was arrested and charged in Auburn for trafficking in marijuana and lysergic acid diethylamide (LSD) and two counts of possession of a controlled substance. He was released on $103,000 bond. The terms of the bond prohibited him from leaving Alabama without asking permission from a court. (c)(d)
  4. On January 5, 2021, he traveled from Alabama to Washington, D.C., USA, which violated his bond. (d)
  5. On January 6, 2021, he was one of the Donald Trump supporters who breached the U.S. Capitol building in Washington, D.C. and disrupted a joint session of Congress to certify the vote of the Electoral College and affirm Joe Biden’s victory in the 2020 presidential election. During the riot, Manuel Balce Ceneta took a photo of him beside Jake Angeli and Nicholas Rodean and the photo went viral. Some netizens called him a communist infiltrator. He responded on Snapchat, “They wanna call me Antifa because I have a video game tattoo on my hand and I was pleading for peaceful discourse. Let em say what they will. The fake news won’t win against the thousands of patriots who recorded today. (d)(e)(f)(g)
  6. On January 7, 2021, he deactivated his Instagram account. Prior to this, he regularly posted conspiracies related to the 2020 U.S. presidential election and the new coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. In an Instagram video he posted in 2020, he claimed to have a disability that exempted him from wearing a mask at Niffer’s Place Auburn, a restaurant in Auburn. (b)
  7. At around 1:45 p.m. on January 11, 2021, he was arrested without incident at a home along Samantha Court in Auburn for violating his bond conditions. Lee County district attorney Jessica Ventiere filed a motion to revoke his bond on prior drug charges, which was approved by a judge in Lee County. (c)(h)
  8. On January 15, 2021, he was interviewed by a Federal Bureau of Investigation special agent. He told the agent that he had a can of mace and a pocket knife at the U.S. Capitol building on January 6, 2021. (d)
  9. On January 17, 2021, U.S. Magistrate Judge Zia M. Faruqui signed a criminal complaint filed against him for his participation in the U.S. Capitol riot on January 6, 2021. (d)
  10. On May 4, 2021, he was arrested in Alabama for his participation in the U.S. Capitol riot on January 6, 2021. (a)(i)
  11. On May 10, 2021, he made his initial court appearance. On August 6, 2021, he was indicted. (i)
  12. On November 18, 2022, he was found guilty after agreeing to a stipulated set of facts of obstruction of an official proceeding and entering and remaining in a restricted building or grounds with a dangerous weapon. (a)(i)
  13. He was 25 years old when he was sentenced on March 10, 2023 to 36 months in prison for obstruction of an official proceeding and entering and remaining in a restricted building or grounds with a dangerous weapon. U.S. District Court Judge Reggie B. Walton also ordered 36 months of supervised release. (a)

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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