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Oregon brothers accused in U.S. Capitol siege ordered held

FBI had released numerous photos to ID people involved in U.S. Capitol riots, including two identified as Oregon brothers Matthew and Jonathanpeter Klein
FBI had released numerous photos to ID people involved in U.S. Capitol riots, including two identified as Oregon brothers Matthew and Jonathanpeter Klein

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Two brothers arrested in Oregon this week on federal charges of participating in the U.S. Capitol insurrection will be held pending their trials on felony charges.

The Oregonian/OregonLive reports that Matthew Klein and Jonathanpeter Klein appeared separately on Friday before U.S. Magistrate Judge Zia M. Faruqui in the District of Columbia court via video conference from Portland.

Both are expected to remain detained in Portland at least until their next hearing on April 1.

They have not yet entered pleas to charges including conspiracy, obstruction of an official proceeding, obstruction of law enforcement during a civil disorder, destruction of government property, entering a restricted building, and disorderly conduct.

The brothers are being held at the Multnomah County Detention Center in Portland.

The federal magistrate judge who presided over the brothers’ hearings cited a ruling out Friday from a U.S. District of Columbia Circuit Court of Appeals panel regarding a Tennessee mother and son charged in the Jan. 6 riot who challenged their pre-trial detention.

The appeals panel wrote that in its view “those who actually assaulted police officers and broke through windows, doors, and barricades and those who aided, conspired with, planned or coordinated such actions, are in a different category of dangerousness than those who cheered on the violence or entered the Capitol after others cleared the way.”

The Kleins were among the first group to breach the Capitol about 2:16 p.m., after Matthew Klein helped others climb a wall to gain access to a stairwell leading to the Capitol’s Upper West Terrace, prosecutors have said. Prosecutors have also alleged they wrenched open a door on the north side of the U.S. Capitol after having already entered and exited the building.

“The exact example of what the court gave is what the defendant has done,” Faruqui said during Jonathanpeter Klein’s hearing.

Jonathanpeter Klein has described himself as a member of the far-right extremist Proud Boys group, which calls itself a politically incorrect men’s club for “Western chauvinists.”

He was photographed on Jan. 5 with his brother while wearing a Proud Boys shirt. That helped law enforcement identify the brothers, the FBI has said.

Matthew Klein also faces charges in Multnomah County, where he is accused of carrying a loaded firearm in a truck after Portland police stopped it leaving a Proud Boys rally in September, according to court records. Those charges were pending when he participated in the insurrection at the U.S. Capitol, the prosecutor said.

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