Aug 19, 2022 - Politics & Policy

Woman who flew on private jet to Capitol riot pleads guilty

The Jan. 6, 2021, riot at the U.S. Capitol. Photo: Kent Nishimura/Los Angeles Times via Getty Images

A woman who flew to Washington ahead of the Jan. 6 riot on a private jet and threw media equipment outside the U.S. Capitol during the insurrection pleaded guilty on Thursday, according to the Department of Justice.

The big picture: Katherine Schwab of Fort Worth, Texas, pleaded guilty to knowingly entering a restricted building or grounds. She's the last of three co-defendants to either plead guilty or be sentenced.

  • Jenna Ryan, who boasted on Twitter that she wouldn't go to jail, and Jason Lee Hyland, were sentenced to 60 days and seven days in jail, respectively.

What they're saying: Schwab wrote before the Capitol attack that "s**t will go down," according to court documents.

  • The DOJ included videos and photos from Schwab's social media, including a broadcast from Facebook where she said: "I stormed the Capitol."
  • She wrote that they "went back in" because former Vice President Mike Pence "f**ked us over."

What's next: Schwab is due to be sentenced on Dec. 9.

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