LAS VEGAS (KLAS) — There isn’t any evidence a person arrested in Las Vegas and charged for his involvement in the U.S. Capitol riot voted in the November 2020 presidential election, an I-Team investigation revealed.
The FBI arrested Ronald “Ronnie” Sandlin and Nathaniel “Nathan” DeGrave on Jan. 29 outdoors of DeGrave’s residence close to the Las Vegas Strip. The FBI had surveilled DeGrave’s residence and observed Sandlin’s truck parked outdoors, paperwork filed in January mentioned.
Sandlin was seen on video smoking weed contained in the Capitol on Jan. 6. He is heard on the video saying, “People are smoking weed in here. Thank you patriot. We made history in here,” in response to court docket paperwork.
DeGrave voted in the election, Clark County officers confirmed earlier this month. But no group the place Sandlin is thought to have resided, together with Las Vegas, can discover a report of him voting this previous presidential cycle, the I-Team discovered.
Sandlin had written on social media in January that he had deliberate to drive to Washington from Memphis, Tennessee, for former President Donald Trump’s rally, court docket paperwork mentioned.
“Who is going to Washington D.C. on the 6th of January?” a put up supplied to authorities mentioned. “I’m going to be there to show support for our president and to do my part to stop the steal and stand behind Trump when he decides to cross the Rubicon. If you are a patriot I believe it’s your duty to be there.” According to court docket paperwork, a put up from Sandlin mentioned he, DeGrave and a 3rd man had been asking for money for the journey via a GoFundMe web page.
Investigators wrote Sandlin lived in the Memphis space, and a court-appointed lawyer confirmed to the I-Team that he was dwelling together with his mother and father for a number of months late final year.
Records obtained by the I-Team point out Sandlin lived in the Long Beach, California, space earlier than transferring to Las Vegas. On social media, Sandlin signifies he lived in the Las Vegas space, and several other posts present him selling a business in the world.
An individual with the identical identify and similar beginning year was registered to vote in Clark County, however didn’t vote in the 2020 election, a spokesman confirmed. Sandlin was not registered to vote in two counties in the Memphis space, together with the county the place his mother and father reside, the I-Team discovered. He was registered to vote in Los Angeles County, however his standing was modified from inactive to canceled in 2019, a county spokesman mentioned.
The I-Team discovered two visitors tickets given in Nevada and cited to an individual with the identical identify as Sandlin in 2018 and 2020. In each instances, the motive force was in the identical automotive.
In 2018, a Ronald Sandlin was cited for driving with an expired California driver’s license and expired license plates. In 2020, a Ronald Lawrence Sandlin was cited for driving and not using a legitimate license and for holding a mobile phone to his face whereas driving.
Several different alleged Capitol rioters didn’t vote in the election, citing distrust in the system. Former President Donald Trump had additionally advised supporters their votes could not rely, saying the election can be “rigged.” In September, he steered voters ought to vote twice to check North Carolina’s mail-in poll system.
Dr. Rebecca Gill, an affiliate professor of political science at UNLV, mentioned it isn’t shocking those that felt the necessity to riot on the Capitol didn’t vote.
“While on the face of it, it seems completely absurd, it can make sense to people if you consider what kind of news environment they have been in and what their ongoing relationship probably is with the government,” Gill mentioned.
During a detention listening to in federal court docket earlier this month, Sandlin requested the decide to “have mercy on” him. The decide famous Sandlin owes $500,000 in again taxes.