Saint-Augustine man accused in Capitol riot dies ahead of trial

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ST. AUGUSTIN, Florida. – A St. Augustine man who was facing charges for his role in the Jan.6 Capitol riots died in a Jacksonville hospital last week, several media reported.

John Steven Anderson, 61, died at Baptist Hospital South, according to an online obituary, but the cause of his death has not been disclosed.

Anderson was a Marine Corps veteran who fought charges against him after being seen in photos using an officer’s shield inside the United States Capitol in Washington, DC

Anderson has been charged with illegally entering the Capitol, assaulting, resisting or preventing certain officers, civil disorder, theft of government property and violent entry and disorderly conduct on the Capitol grounds.

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His obituary stated that he enjoyed fishing, travel and politics and that he “supported many conservative candidates and causes as well as religious organizations and broadcasters.”

In 1982, after four years in the Marine Corps, Anderson moved to St. Augustine where he lived the rest of his life while starting and running several businesses, according to his obituary.

John is survived by his wife of eight months and three stepchildren. His funeral will be on October 4.

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