Rochester, NY (WHAM) - Defense for the Hilton man accused of storming the U.S. Capitol building says he was simply a victim of the former president.
Cody Mattice sat quietly weeping in court Tuesday, his head down, resting on the table in front of him, only lifting it to whisper to his attorney.
The 28-year-old is accused of taking part in the Capitol riot on Jan. 6, 2021. Prosecutor Brett Harvey said he has enough evidence to put him away for at least 20 years.
It starts in the days leading up to Jan. 6.
A group text between Mattice and three others shows they were planning to travel to Washington, D.C. to stop the election certification. One of the parties tells the group he was prepared with a knife, baton, pepper spray, boots and a helmet.
Mattice is said to have responded with a text saying, “F*** yeah, bro.”
Video and photographic evidence is also part of the prosecution’s case. They say it shows the egregious acts he committed.
Mattice is accused of pulling down barriers surrounding the building, and pepper-spraying police to clear a path for rioters to gain entry.
Prosecutors say text messages sent later in the day back up their claims. One reads, ”We took the capital, bro...I yanked the gates from the cops. I also maced a cop.” He also says, “Trump told us to because of the fraud.”
His defense attorney, Wendy Abdallah, argued against the evidence, and said all of the people in attendance “are victims of our president - our former president.”
The judge in this detention hearing wants to view the video evidence before deciding whether Mattice should be released on bond. He’ll be back in court Friday.