A Pennsylvania man awaiting sentencing for entering the U.S. Capitol on January 6th, 2021 has passed away of an apparent suicide.
The death of Mark R. Aungst, 47, of South Williamsport, was ruled a suicide, Coroner Charles E. Kiessling Jr. said.
“Aungst pleaded guilty June 27 in District of Columbia federal court to a charge of demonstrating or parading in a restricted building. His sentencing was scheduled for Sept. 27 before Judge Reggie B. Walton. He could have been sentenced up to six months in prison and fined $5,000,” Penn Live reported.
Looks like suicide reporting is accurate.
This should enrage every American—lives destroyed and ended in a vengeful, evil act of government retributionhttps://t.co/vCyCY3kp0e
— Julie Kelly 🇺🇸 (@julie_kelly2) July 23, 2022
Breaking: January 6 political prisoner Mark R. Aungst, 47, of South Williamsport, PA, has died in an apparent suicide. He had plead guilty to demonstrating or parading in a restricted building. pic.twitter.com/MOuWFuXxVp
— Kyle Becker (@kylenabecker) July 23, 2022
Penn Live reported:
Aungst and co-defendant Tammy A. Bronsburg, who pleaded guilty to the same charge, traveled by bus to Washington on Jan. 6, 2021 for President Trump’s “stop the steal” rally. They then joined others and marched to the Capitol.Assistant U.S. Attorney Mona Furst said the prosecution had evidence showing Aungst and Bronsburg entering the Capitol through the Senate fire door by the parliamentarian’s office approximately 2:45 p.m. and leaving 30 seconds later. Twenty minutes later they re-entered the building through the Senate wing door, and took photos and videos on their cell phones as they walked through the Capitol and into Senate Room 145.
Bronsburg later posted a video she took in the Capitol on Facebook and when Aungst returned to the bus he showed others his pictures, said Furst.Neither assaulted a police officer nor stole or damaged government property, the prosecutor had said at a previous court proceeding.Aungst, a gas field well service technician, is survived by his mother, a daughter and three siblings.
Prosecutors didn’t want this Jan 6 footage to come out. Now it was 1.5 million views. Why is that? pic.twitter.com/n0MQICC0HL
— Jack Poso 🇺🇸 (@JackPosobiec) September 23, 2021
Mark R. Aungst, 47, of Williamsport, passed away unexpectedly on Wednesday July 20, 2022.
Born May 19, 1975, in Landstuhl, Germany he was a son of the late Luther R. Aungst and Cheryl (Morehart) Aungst of Lancaster.
Mark was a gas field well service technician in the area. He was a member of Messiah Lutheran Church. A loyal and dedicated man, Mark showed tremendous pride for God and his country. Above all else, Mark loved his daughter and anytime they spent together, as she was truly his world.
Mark leaves behind his beloved daughter, Megan A. Aungst (Garrett Gleckl) of Newberry and a granddaughter, Aria on the way; siblings, Ami Packer (Ken) of Williamsport, Luther Aungst III (Laurie) of Elmira, and Heidi Lorson (Bern) of Williamsport; his mother, Cheryl Aungst; and a large extended family of aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.
In addition to his father, he was preceded in death by a brother, Matthew Aungst.