Area man charged in Capitol riot to represent himself

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The New Hartford man accused of participating in the Jan. 6 riot and attack on the U.S. Capitol in Washington D.C. will be allowed to represent himself in Federal Court.

Eric Bochene, of 19 Pinecrest Road, appeared virtually before Judge Randolph D. Moss on Thursday, where he made oral argument to allow himself to be his own attorney, according to court records. Bochene is charged with two counts each of knowingly entering and remaining in any restricted building or grounds without lawful authority, and violent entry and disorderly conduct on Capitol grounds.

Court records show that Judge Moss granted Bochene his request. Bochene’s former defense attorney, Federal Public Defender John Gilsenan, will act as standby counsel.

Bochene’s case has been adjourned to Oct. 29 for a status conference.

Authorities said Bochene was one of hundreds of people who stormed and entered the Capitol Building in Washington on Jan. 6, while a joint session of Congress was underway to certify the election of President Joseph Biden. Authorities said Bochene was publicly photographed multiple times inside the building, and he later admitted to investigators who visited him at his home.

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