QAnon Follower Who Blocked Bridge New Hoover Dam Pleads Guilty To Terrorism
A follower of the far-right QAnon conspiracy theory who used his homemade armored vehicle to block the bridge near Hoover Dam in 2018 has pleaded guilty to a terrorism charge and two other felonies, according to AZ Central.
Matthew Wright initially faced possible life in prison with the initial charges, but the 32-year-old entered a plea agreement that included the terrorism charge, along with aggravated assault and fleeing from law enforcement.
Wright is likely to spend at least ten years in prison, the publication noted.
The charges stem from a June 2018 incident in which Wright used his vehicle to block all lanes of traffic across the Mike O’Callaghan-Pat Tillman bridge, which stands 890 feet above the Colorado River, less than one mile from the Hoover Dam. Police found weapons and 900 rounds of ammunition inside the vehicle.
The incident ended after an hour-long standoff with police officers from both Arizona and Nevada, at which point Wright drove to the Arizona side of the bridge and his tires were flattened by stop sticks placed on the road by law enforcement. Wright drove another four miles before getting stuck in a small canyon and being taken into custody.
Wright said in a letter from jail that he “did these actions out of a sense of patriotism and a desire to bring what he thought were hidden truths to the public” — hidden truths brought to his attention by the QAnon movement.
The movement encompasses numerous conspiracies, which “center around a supposed government insider who adherents believe is spooning out vital revelations using cryptic language and signs. One string in the chain of theories involved Trump working with former FBI Director Robert Mueller to expose crimes involving Obama administration officials. Mueller’s investigation into Trump was a well-coordinated ruse, according to the QAnon theory.”
“I am a humble God-fearing American Patriot despite what the media may portray me as,” Wright wrote in his letter. “I understand that the evil and corruption is limited to a select few in power and that the greater good is doing its best to combat this. I never meant harm to my brothers and sisters. I simply wanted the truth on behalf of all Americans, all of humanity for that matter.”
Wright’s sentencing is scheduled for March 4.