Justin Schatz is The Paper's daily news reporter. He has reported on New Mexico for KRQE News, Searchlight NM and the Santa Fe Reporter.

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On Monday, Cowboys For Trump founder Couy Griffin finally made his long-anticipated appearance in a federal court to be tried for his actions during the Jan. 6 insurrection. Griffin is accused of knowingly storming federal property, which he continues to deny, and defends his claim that he was unaware that he was committing any crime during the insurrection.

This morning, Federal Judge Trevor McFadden handed down his verdict on Day Two of the trial. The judge found that Griffin was guilty on the charge of trespassing on restricted Capitol grounds but was found not guilty on the charge of disorderly conduct.

Griffin’s steadfast defense of his innocence was tested during his bench trial by a cameraman and companion who accompanied him to the initial protest and following insurrection. The witness, in agreement with the feds, has been promised immunity in exchange for their testimony. According to CBS’s Scott MacFarlane, who is at the Capitol covering the Jan. 6 trials, the witness stated: “Griffin climbed over a stone wall and entered the lawn on the West Front of the Capitol, within the restricted area. He turned to another individual and stated, ‘This is our house…we should all be armed.’ Griffin then climbed over a metal barricade surrounding the West Front and entered the area below the inauguration platform.” Griffin did not testify in his own defense.

The witness continued that Griffin was aware of his actions and encouraged a companion to upload their actions live, so his supporters would be able to see.

It also wouldn’t be a Griffin trial without his signature theatrics. A group of Cowboys for Trump occupied the front row of the hearing. Griffin’s horse trailer with his Cowboys For Trump slogan was parked outside the court.

Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington filed a lawsuit on Monday to remove Griffin from his position as County Commissioner. The group claims that he must be removed from office and disqualified from holding future public office under Section 3 of the 14th Amendment to the United States Constitution based on his participation in the January 6 insurrection.

The trespassing charge carries up to a year in federal prison. Griffin is scheduled for sentencing on June 17.