Rapper appears in Sioux Falls court, charged in January 6 Capitol riot

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. — A man charged for participating in the January 6 riot on the U.S. Capitol appeared in a Sioux Falls courtroom Wednesday afternoon.


Billy Knutson is charged with entering and remaining in a restricted building or grounds, 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.

According to court documents, Knutson was identified through the FBI’s tip line in January 2021. A relative told agents that Knutson was a rapper who sold music online and posted to a YouTube channel. Several videos on the channel were about the events at the U.S. Capitol on January 6.

Additionally, United States Capitol Police’s close-circuit television showed Knutson entering the capitol building around 3:30 p.m. near the Senate Wing Doors, by climbing through a broken window.

In court Wednesday, Knutson was released on several conditions and must appear via zoom for a hearing on January 20 in the District Court for the District of Columbia, where the case will be transferred.

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