As supporters of former President Donald Trump prepare for Saturday’s rally in Washington to support those charged with the January incursion into the Capitol, a Mercer County man who was among those arrested is pondering entering a plea in his case.

The attorney for Matthew Perna has filed a motion asking the United Probation Office to prepare a pre-plea guideline analysis that would give Perna an idea of what penalties he would face if he pleads guilty to the indictment handed up against him.

Perna of Sharon, Pennsylvania, and Stephen Ayres of Champion, Ohio are charged with witness tampering, two counts of entering a restricted building, and disorderly conduct following the insurrection at the Capitol building.

According to government investigators, the two attempted to obstruct members of congress as they were certifying President Joe Biden's election and destroyed federal property in the process.

A video posted to Perna's Facebook account showed three people discussing their experiences in Washington DC during the riot. Perna is believed to be one of the men speaking in the video.

Perna told investigators that he did not intend to enter the Capitol but was pushed in by the crowd.

Ayres is believed to be in the same video that was also posted to YouTube, titled "It was all ANTIFA breaking into the Capitol 1-6-2021."

The group claimed ANTIFA was the organization that led the attacks and that police let everyone walk in.

The FBI has said agents have found no evidence that ANTIFA was involved in the Capitol invasion.

Perna’s motion, filed by Youngstown defense attorney Gerald Ingram, came two days before an estimated crowd of 600 people plan to gather in Washington calling those charged “political prisoners”.  Perna and Ayres are free on bond.

There are three other Valley residents among the 642 people who have been charged in connection with the Capitol riot.

Rachel Powell, 40 of Mercer County, faces multiple counts including obstruction, destruction of US property over $1,000, entering a restricted building or property with a dangerous weapon, entering a restricted building/property, and disorderly conduct.

Thirty-eight-year-old Kenneth Joseph Owen Thomas, 38 of East Liverpool, is charged with assaulting, resisting, or impeding certain officers, obstruction of law enforcement during civil disorder, and engaging in physical violence on Capitol grounds.

Earlier this month, Julia Jeanette Sizer of Ellwood City, Lawrence County, Pennsylvania was charged with knowingly entering or remaining in any restricted building or grounds without lawful authority, disorderly and disruptive conduct in a restricted building or grounds, disorderly conduct in a capitol building, and parading, demonstrating, or picketing in a capitol building.