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La Crosse man charged in Capitol riot enlisted in Wisconsin national guard

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MADISON (WKOW) -- A man facing charges for his role in the Jan. 6 Capitol riot is a member of the Wisconsin National Guard.

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According to a spokesperson for the Wisconsin National Guard, Abram Markofski is a private first class, first having enlisted in July 2019. Markofski made his first appearance in court Monday.

According to ABC News, more than 50 people connected to the military, police and government have been arrested for their role in the riot.

Georgetown University's Project on Extremism said rioters involved in the military were up to four times as likely to be involved with other extremist groups like the Proud Boys.

One former police officer, retired NYPD officer Thomas Webster, is facing more severe charges for allegedly beating a Capitol police officer with a metal flagpole.

Also making his first court appearance on federal, misdemeanor charges on entering and remaining in a restricted building or grounds; engaging in disorderly or disruptive conduct in a restricted building; violent entry or disorderly conduct; and parading, demonstrating or picketing in a capitol building, was Brandon Nelson of Dane County. Nelson is listed online as a personal trainer.

A criminal complaint states Nelson and Markofski drove together to Washington, D.C., with Nelson maintaining police guided him into the capitol building.

Authorities say there were deaths related to the storming of the capitol by hundreds of demonstrators, with Congressional action on electoral votes propelling Joe Biden to the presidency temporarily halted by the tumult.

Both Nelson and Markofski declined comment to 27 News as they left the federal court house in Madison Monday. They remain free, with bond conditions including a ban on being in the nation's capitol except in relation to their criminal case. Their next court date May 10 will be conducted by the federal court in Washington, D.C.

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Peter Culver

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