Sentence reduced for Florida man involved in attack on the Capitol

MIAMI.- A Florida man, sentenced to prison after being accused as one of the participants in the riots at the Capitol on January 6, 2021, received a reduction in his sentence thanks to the approval of a motion presented by his public defender.

This is Joshua Doolin, from Polk City in central Florida, who was scheduled to be released on November 12, but with the reduced sentence he could be released on June 30, according to the media. The Ledger.

District Judge Carl Nichols issued the order Monday, granting the motion that was filed in March by federal public defender AJ Kramer.

In his court appeal, the public defender argued that new federal sentencing standards should be applied retroactively to benefit Doolin, focusing on changes for “first-time offenders,” those with no criminal history and whose crimes do not involve violence.

The new judicial guidelines allow the degree of a defendant’s crime to be reduced by two levels, which affects the length of the sentence.

To benefit from this reduction, the defendant must meet 10 criteria, including having no criminal record and that the crime did not involve violence, credible threats of violence, death, serious injury, or be a sexual crime.


Doolin was convicted in March 2023 of one felony and three misdemeanors related to the Jan. 6, 2021, attack on the Capitol.

The crimes included civil disorder, entering and remaining in a restricted building or grounds, disorderly and disruptive conduct in a restricted building or grounds, and theft of government property.

Doolin was initially sentenced to 18 months in prison, followed by 36 months of supervised release. Under the revised guidelines, Judge Nichols would have sentenced Doolin to 15 months instead of 18 months.

Doolin, now 26, was taken into federal custody in October and is being held at the Coleman Federal Correctional Institution, a low-security facility in Sumter County. His appeal against the conviction remains active.

Doolin is one of seven current or former Polk County residents charged or convicted of crimes related to the Jan. 6 insurrection.

Three of his original co-defendants, Jonathan Pollock, Olivia Pollock and Joseph Hutchinson III, are scheduled for trial in October, having become fugitives before being captured in January in Lake County.