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Trio jailed for Capitol insurrection

A federal judge in Washington, DC, has sentenced two men and a woman from Missouri to several weeks in jail for their roles in the January 6, 2021, insurrection at the US Capitol building.

US District Judge James E Boasberg sentenced Emily Hernandez, of Sullivan, to 30 days in jail. He also sentenced her uncle, William Merry, and another suburban St Louis man, Paul Scott Westover, to 45 days in jail each, the St Louis Post-Dispatch reported.

All three also were ordered to pay $US500 ($A674) for damaging the Capitol.

The trio entered the Capitol through a smashed door. A government sentencing memo says Merry goaded Hernandez into picking up a broken piece of Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi’s sign. It also says Hernandez shot a video of herself stealing two other signs.

Westover pleaded guilty December 6 to one count of parading, demonstrating or picketing in the Capitol. Merry pleaded guilty on January 5 to one count of theft of government property. Hernandez pleaded guilty on January 10 to one count of entering and remaining in a restricted building.

In an unrelated Missouri case, Hernandez faces two driving while intoxicated charges for a fatal wrong-way crash on Interstate 44 in January.

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