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Two Chicago-area women plead guilty to breaching Capitol during Jan. 6 insurrection

Two Chicago-area women pleaded guilty Wednesday to breaching the U.S. Capitol constructing during the Jan. 6 insurrection, in accordance to court docket information.

Trudy Castle, 57, and Kimberly DiFrancesco, 55, admitted to one rely of parading, demonstrating or picketing in a Capitol constructing, a Class B misdemeanor, the plea settlement says. The two appeared through Zoom in federal court docket in Washington, D.C.

The women are amongst greater than 860 individuals arrested throughout the nation for taking part within the assault on the U.S. Capitol whereas elected officers ready to certify Joe Biden because the winner of the 2020 election on Jan. 6, 2021. More than 350 have pleaded guilty up to now, in accordance to the U.S. Department of Justice.

The pair had been arrested in June after FBI investigators acquired a tip in 2021 from somebody who reported that their partner had acquired textual content messages of pictures that appeared to have been taken from contained in the U.S. Capitol constructing during the riots, in accordance to court docket paperwork.

(*6*) decided that the pictures got here from DiFrancesco, of Elmhurst, and that DiFrancesco had texted Castle, whose telephone additionally used a cell web site within the space of the Capitol constructing, the paperwork say. (*6*) then discovered photograph proof of the women contained in the Capitol.

According to a prison criticism, Castle and DiFrancesco had been seen on surveillance footage coming into the Capitol constructing by way of a Senate wing door shortly after it had been breached by the unruly mob. Castle and DiFrancesco left the Capitol constructing after about 40 minutes, the place Castle met up along with her grownup son.

At the time of her arrest, Castle was working as a property supervisor for a downtown Chicago actual property company.

The women are associated, however their actual relationship was not acknowledged within the fees.

The offense carries a attainable sentence of up to 6 months in jail, 5 years of probation and a advantageous of up to $5,000 for the women.

Their sentencing is scheduled for Nov. 22.

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