A judge sentenced a former Placentia resident who admitted participating in the riot at the U.S. Capitol following the 2020 election to two weeks behind bars and two years of probation Friday, July 15.
Social media posts, cell tower data and surveillance footage showed David Antonio Ticas, currently of Buford, Georgia, was inside the Capitol in Washington D.C. after it had been breached by well over 1,000 supporters of outgoing president Donald Trump. His 16-year-old daughter was with him, and he was heard saying “Let’s go in for a tour and come out,” according to court documents.
The former Orange County resident was arrested in Brea in September 2021. He was charged with knowingly entering or remaining in any restricted building or grounds without lawful authority, disorderly and disruptive conduct in a restricted building or grounds, disorderly conduct in a Capitol building and parading, demonstrating, or picketing in a Capitol building.
He pleaded guilty to the latter charge and the other three were dropped, per the terms of a plea agreement with prosecutors. He was ordered to perform 60 hours of community service and pay $500 in restitution in addition to the confinement time and probation he must complete.
As of June, more than 300 people have pleaded guilty to charges associated with the events at the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6, 2021. Most of them admitted to some form of trespassing on restricted grounds, and have accepted plea bargains resulting in brief periods of incarceration or probation.