A former Ohio school district employee who entered Senate chambers during the Jan. 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol pleaded guilty Tuesday to a felony that could carry more than a year in prison, according to prosecutors and court documents.
A judge will set the sentence for Christine Priola, 50, but a settlement says the estimated guidelines for the sentence are between 15 and 21 months.
Priola, of Willoughby, pleaded guilty Tuesday to a count of obstruction of an official proceeding, the US Attorney for the District of Columbia said expression.
She was photographed on January 6, 2021 in the Senate chambers after they were evacuated by a mob of supporters of then-President Donald Trump after the attack on the Capitol.
An attorney for Priola did not immediately respond to a request for comment early Wednesday.
Sentencing was scheduled for October 28. The charge to which she pleaded guilty carries a maximum sentence of 20 years.
Mobs of Trump supporters attacked the Capitol as Congress officially tallied the electoral votes lost in the 2020 presidential election. Congress later returned and completed the count hours later.
Capitol police officers were beaten and sprayed with chemical irritants during the chaos, and the shooting spree caused more than $1.4 million in damage, officials said.
The violence in the Capitol was preceded by weeks of untruths about the 2020 election. Then-Vice President Mike Pence refused to stop counting electoral votes or reject state votes. Pence said he had no right to.
Priola is not accused of assaulting anyone. She was in the Senate chambers for about 10 minutes and was photographed near Pence’s desk in the Senate chambers. She was an occupational therapist with the Cleveland Metropolitan School District but resigned on January 7, 2021.
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