HODGENVILLE, Ky. (FOX 56) – A Hodgenville man issued a guilty plea on Thursday for his actions during the U.S. Capitol breach on Jan. 6, 2021.

Kurt Peterson, 66, was arrested on June 16, 2021, in Hodgenville and charged with engaging in physical violence in a restricted building or grounds while using a dangerous or deadly weapon.

According to court documents, Peterson attended a rally near the Ellipse before heading over to the U.S. Capitol where he illegally entered the grounds.

Peterson entered the Capitol at around 2:42 p.m. after smashing through the left pane of a window on the grounds while declaring, “This is our house! Let us in! Our house!”. He remained in the Capitol until law enforcement forced the crowd out of the building.

The cost to repair the window is estimated to be more than $2,700.

Peterson is facing up to 10 years in prison as well as financial penalties.

A sentencing date for Peterson has yet to be decided.

In the 20 months since Jan. 6, 2021, more than 870 individuals have been arrested in nearly all 50 states for crimes related to the breach of the U.S. Capitol, including over 265 individuals charged with assaulting or impeding law enforcement. The investigation remains ongoing.

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