IL man pleaded guilty to Jan. 6 riot role and was charged with first-degree murder in wrong way car collision

An Illinois man has been charged with murder in a wrong-way car accident that killed a woman. The man has previously pleaded guilty to charges related to the Jan. 6 protests.

A man from central Illinois pleaded guilty Wednesday to felony charges in connection with the January 6 riot at Capitol. He was also charged with first-degree killing in the death in a wrong-way collision that occurred on November 8. Officials in Sangamon County said.

According to the Sangamon County State’s Attorney’s Office, Shane Jason Woods, of Auburn, was driving north on Interstate 55 in Springfield, when his pickup truck collided with a car driven 35-year-old Lauren Wegner, North Carolina. According to the county coroner, Wegner was killed from blunt force injuries.

According to a press release by the county’s state attorney’s office, Woods was indicted for felony charges of first-degree murder and aggravated driving while under the influence of alcohol. Woods’ bond was set at $2million, but the county has filed a petition to deny bail.


The petition stated that evidence would show that the defendant made many statements prior to and after the fatal collision at Interstate 55, which established his intent to strike another vehicle.

Illinois’s sentence for first-degree murder is 20 years to life in a state prison.

It is not clear at this time who is representing Woods in this case. Dwight Crawley was Woods’ defense attorney in the U.S. Capitol Riot case. He did not return a call seeking comment.

Above, Shane Jason Woods pleaded guilty on Jan. 6 to felony charges. He was charged with first degree murder on Nov. 16, 2022 after a woman was fatally injured in a wrong-way vehicle collision on Nov. 8, 2022. (Sangamon County Jail via AP)


Federal prosecutors stated that Woods pleaded guilty to felony charges of assaulting a law enforcement officer during the Jan. 6, 2021 Riot at the U.S. Capitol Building. He is among hundreds of Americans who were charged with crimes in the insurrection.

According to court records, Woods hit a U.S. Capitol Police officer with his shoulder, knocking him into a bicycle barricade and tackling a member of media. His sentencing date is January 13, 2023.

A statutory maximum sentence for assaulting, resisting or impeding law enforcement officers is eight years imprisonment. Federal assault charges carry a maximum sentence of one-year.

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Woods is one of more than 30 Illinois residents who were charged in the Capitol Riot.

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