Four Capitol rioters have pleaded guilty to charges that have stemmed from the January 6 insurrection, which adds to the ever-growing number of defendants who have accepted their responsibility in the attack. Currently, 25% of around 720 defendants of the Capitol riot have already pleaded guilty to all of the federal charges, most of whom had not been accused of violence or destruction inside the Government building, with 76 defendants have already been sentenced, according to the latest tally put forward by CNN.
Several Capitol Rioters have been pleading guilty now
Last Monday saw Emily Hernandez, a college junior who was snapped holding up a broken shard of the office sign of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi on January 6 also pleaded guilty to having entered along with other Capitol Rioters. According to the plea argument that was read aloud in the federal court, Hernandez had gone to the building along with her uncle and friend.
She also admitted that she had taken the broken sign with her, along with a red “Keep Off Fence” sign, a pin of a fire extinguisher, and a “Please Do Not Touch” sign from the base of a statue that has been placed inside the Capitol.
Similar to most Capitol rioters, this isn’t Hernandez’s only offense. Just days before she pled guilty, she was also involved in a deadly drunk driving crash in her state of Missouri. According to Local news reports, Hernandez was pretty intoxicated and was driving on the wrong side of the road when she collided with another car- which resulted in the death of a 32-year-old mother, whilst injuring her husband. Hernandez herself had ended up in the hospital due to injuries.
A different couple of Capitol rioters who were in the building also pleaded guilty on Monday to protesting unlawfully in the building. The government had initially started their investigation into Madison Pettit and Gabriel Burress from an online tip and then kept matching social media images.