Capitol rioter who said he is working as a pizza delivery driver after losing his insurance job is sentenced to probation

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Photos of Edward McAlanis inside and outside the Capitol building on January 6.
Photos of Edward McAlanis inside and outside the Capitol building on January 6.The Department of Justice.
  • A Capitol rioter from Pennsylvania was sentenced to probation and restitution on Tuesday.

  • Edward McAlanis revealed that he lost his insurance job as a result of his role in the siege, CNN reported.

  • McAlanis said he now works as a part-time pizza delivery driver.

A Pennsylvania man charged with participating the US Capitol riot was sentenced to six months of probation this week after telling the court that he is now working as a pizza delivery driver after losing his insurance job as a result of the insurrection.

Edward McAlanis pleaded guilty in November 2021 to one count of parading, demonstrating, or picketing in the US Capitol. He initially faced four charges, including violent entry and disorderly and disruptive conduct in a Capitol building. But as the government works to prosecute the more than 750 people arrested in connection to the attack, federal prosecutors have offered several rioters the lesser charge in exchange for their guilty pleas.

Judge Dabney Friedrich on Tuesday sentenced McAlanis to six months of probation, $500 in restitution, and 60 hours of community service.

During his hearing, McAlanis revealed that he was fired from his "high-paying" financial job after he was arrested in July 2021, according to CNN. An attorney for McAlanis asked for leniency, arguing that his client has already been punished for his participation in the siege, citing McAlanis' new part-time profession delivering pizzas.

"It was just an awful day in many respects," McAlanis said, according to the outlet. "Going back, I wish I could take it back, but I can't."

McAlanis told the judge he plans on learning from the experience. He hopes to be reappointed to his position on his town's parks and recreation board after having stepped down following his arrest, CNN reported.

Prosecutors say two tipsters — an acquaintance and a family friend — alerted the FBI to his presence at the insurrection, sharing photos of him inside the Capitol on January 6. McAlanis spent approximately 15 minutes inside the building, during which he posed for a photo in front of a statue of Abraham Lincoln, according to charging documents.

An attorney for McAlanis did not immediately respond to Insider's request for comment.

McAlanis is the latest Capitol rioter to bemoan the personal and professional consequences stemming from the crimes committed on January 6. Earlier this week, a Texas lawyer told Insider's Yelena Dzhanova that he lost his job, fiancée, and friends following the riot.

"Everything that I'd worked hard for 10 years evaporated overnight," Paul Davis said.

Other rioters have spoken publicly about losing touch with family members and friends, losing access to social media, and being blocked from using everyday perks like TSA PreCheck and AirBnB.

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