Florida man accused in Capitol lectern theft allowed to go free on bond

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Adam Christian Johnson, the Parrish man who became one of the most prominent symbols of the riots that engulfed the U.S. Capitol last week when he was photographed carrying a lectern from the House of Representatives, was released Monday in Tampa.

Johnson, a 36-year-old father of five boys, appeared in a Tampa federal courtroom Monday afternoon. After the proceeding, Johnson signed a $25,000 signature bond to secure his release. He will not have to pay any money unless he fails to appear in court.

Johnson strolled out of the Sam. M. Gibbons U.S. Courthouse shortly before 4 p.m., wearing a white T-shirt, flip-flops and shorts.

His lawyers said he has received death threats since the Jan. 6 riot.

“He’d like to just get home to his family,” said his attorney, David Bigney.

Read more in the original article from the Tampa Bay Times.

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