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Missouri couple sentenced for participating in Jan. 6 capitol riot

Kelsey and Zachary Wilson say they got caught up in the crowd.
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A large group of police arrive at the Capitol, Thursday, Jan. 6, 2022, in Washington. President Joe Biden and members of Congress are solemnly marking the first anniversary of the Jan. 6 U.S. Capitol insurrection. Lawmakers are holding events Thursday to reflect on the violent attack by supporters of then-President Donald Trump. The ceremonies will be widely attended by Democrats, but almost every Republican on Capitol Hill will be absent. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. — A couple from Springfield apologized for participating in the Jan. 6 insurrection at the U.S. Capitol and said they got caught up in the crowd excitement after former President Donald Trump urged people to march to the Capitol.

They were sentenced Thursday for a misdemeanor charge of parading, demonstrating, or picketing in a Capitol building.

Zachary Wilson was sentenced to 45 days of home detention and Kelsey Wilson to 30 days, along with 60 hours of community service. They also must each pay $500 in restitution for damage to the Capitol, The Kansas City Star reported.

“I know what I did on January sixth was wrong,” Kelsey Wilson said before sentencing. “We got caught up in everything that had been happening over the last year and we got swept up in the crowd. And I’m deeply and truly sorry and embarrassed for my actions that day.”

Prosecutors said the Wilsons illegally entered the Capitol, including House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s office.

The Wilsons' attorneys noted the couple did not destroy any property or commit any violence and were in the Capitol for less than 20 minutes.

The Wilsons are the third and fourth Missourians to be sentenced of the 18 who have been charged in the Capitol riot.

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