A 38-year-old Victorville gym owner was sentenced to 2 years probation, as well as fines and community service for his part in storming the Capitol in January 2021.
Jacob Lewis was one of the over 2000 supporters of former President Donald Trump who stormed the Capitol following a rally on January 6, 2021. The group stormed the U.S. Capitol in hopes of overturning former President Trump’s loss of the 2020 Presidential election. Lewis was charged with multiple federal offenses after being turned in by a person describing his/her relationship with Lewis as friends.
The informant [friend] told authorities that Lewis shared that he would be attending the rally, and said in a conversation in December 2020, “watch what happens to the Capitol”. On January 6, 2021, Lewis posted videos from the U.S. Capitol to his personal Instagram account. Lewis was arrested January 21, 2021 and pleaded not guilty to all charges.
Lewis was the owner of “The Gym”in the City of Victorville at the time of the incident, the ownership at this time is unknown. Lewis was in the news in 2020 for reopening his gym after only a brief closure after Governor Newsom issued Stay-at-Home order for all non-essential businesses as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.
On January 6, 2022, Lewis agreed to a plea deal, dropping charges of violent entry into the Capitol, disorderly conduct in a restricted building, as well other charges. He pleaded guilty one misdemeanor charge of parading, demonstrating or picketing inside of the Capitol building.
On Thursday, April 14, 2022, Lewis was sentenced to 24 months of probation, 60 hours of community service, a $3000 fine and $500 restitution.
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