Rapper Bugzie the Don Who Posed for Publicity Photos at Capitol Riot Sentenced to Prison

Rapper Bugzie the Don shown at the Capitol Riot. (Credit: Instagram)

Virginia rapper Bugzie the Don is headed to prison after posing for his album cover during the Capitol riot on Jan. 6, 2021.

According to a press release from the U.S. Attorney’s Office District of Columbia, the charges against the up-and-coming performer included — knowingly entering or remaining in any restricted building or grounds without lawful authority; disorderly conduct in any restricted building or grounds; violent entry and disorderly conduct on Capitol grounds.

A federal judge in Washington. D.C. sentenced the rapper, real name Antionne Brodnax, to five months in prison and one month of probation on Monday, Dec. 19, television station WUSA 9 reported.

The sentence was handed down after Brodnax pleaded guilty to four misdemeanor counts in 2021, after turning down a plea agreement for a single count.

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He was arrested on March 11, 2021, once authorities received a tip about the artwork for his album titled “The Capital.”

After initially pleading not guilty, Brodnax changed his plea to guilty on all counts on Oct. 22, 2021.

The cover art, which Brodnax posted on Instagram, shows him sitting on a truck and smoking in front of the Capitol as supporters of former President Donald Trump stormed the building.

The rapper moved to Georgia after his arrest.

Bugzie the Don Album Cover (Credit: Instagram/@bugziethedon_)

Prosecutors said Brodnax eventually admitted to law enforcement officers that he was present at the Capitol on Jan. 6, but only to take photos and videos since he was already in Washington, D.C. for a publicity shoot.

The rapper’s attorney argued for probation and home detention, insisting Brodnax is an entrepreneur and a “great community asset.”

Instead, prosecutors recommend a 21-month sentence because of prior convictions in Virginia and Maryland for manufacturing a controlled substance and being in possession of a firearm as a felon.

The judge in the case ultimately decided on five months in federal prison.