Worrell was convicted for pepper spraying a police officer during the riot, with prosecutors seeking a prison term of up to 14 years. The sentencing was scheduled for last Friday in Florida, but Worrell, who has been on house arrest since November 2021, failed to appear.
Federal Judge Royce Lamberth, who presided over Worrell's trial, had previously ruled that Worrell's rights were violated by prison officials in D.C. These officials were found to have intentionally delayed treatment for Worrell's broken hand and non-Hodgkins lymphoma. Consequently, Lamberth held them in contempt and ordered Worrell's release to house arrest. Since then, Worrell has resided in his Naples, Florida home.
However, Worrell's absence at his sentencing, coupled with the disappearance of the woman listed as his custodian during house arrest, has led to the cancellation of his sentencing hearing. A warrant has been issued for his arrest, and federal authorities are urging anyone with information about his whereabouts to contact their local FBI office or the nearest American Embassy. If Worrell is found to have intentionally fled to evade sentencing, he may face a multitude of additional charges.
In his ruling, Lamberth stated, "The evidence demonstrates that Mr. Worrell traveled to Washington, D.C., for the purpose of ensuring that the Electoral College Certification of President Biden failed. The evidence shows that he then furthered that goal, by both joining the mob and then by spraying the officers." This statement underscores the severity of Worrell's actions during the Capitol riot and the potential consequences he faces upon his capture.