Sanford firefighter pleads guilty to charge related to U.S. Capitol riot

SEMINOLE COUNTY, Fla. — A Sanford firefighter pleaded guilty to a charge stemming from his participation in the U.S. Capitol riot, according to a plea deal signed last week.

Andrew Williams, who has been a firefighter/paramedic with the Sanford Fire Department since 2016, pleaded guilty to a charge of parading, demonstrating or picketing in a Capitol building.

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A photo shared from inside the Capitol on Jan. 6 appeared to show Williams inside the building.

Williams was placed on unpaid leave from the fire department pending the results of an internal investigation into his participation.

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On Tuesday, the Sanford Fire Department said Williams will remain on administrative leave without pay pending a final sentencing hearing, and an administrative investigation that will become active following the sentencing hearing.

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Sarah Wilson

Sarah Wilson, WFTV.com

Sarah Wilson joined WFTV Channel 9 in 2018 as a digital producer after working as an award-winning newspaper reporter for nearly a decade in various communities across Central Florida.