Kelsey Leigh Ann Wilson, 30, turned herself in on Aug. 18 after months of FBI evidence showed she was inside
A 30-year-old Missouri teacher who accused her of involvement in the January 6 riots and her husband pleaded guilty in federal court on Monday.
Kelsey Leigh Ann Wilson and her husband Zachary, 32, have both admitted to committing a crime in connection with the January 6 riots.
They face a $5,000 fine and a maximum sentence of six months in prison. They must also pay back $500 for the damage to the Capitol.
Zachary was arrested and charged in February, while his Kelsey only turned herself in last month, despite the FBI having footage of her in the building.
Months earlier, photos and videos surfaced of her wearing a black-and-white-gold cap with a “Keep America Great Again” flag wrapped around her shoulder after a colleague turned into evidence for the FBI.
On January 22, Kelsey’s colleague was interviewed by officers. The coworker reportedly took the couple to Washington DC, but she/he stayed outside while the couple reportedly broke through the Capitol for about 30 minutes.
Wilson turned himself in on August 18.
Wilson was seen wearing a black, white and gold cap with a ‘Keep America Great Again’ flag around her shoulders. Next to her husband, who was charged and arrested in February. Both pleaded guilty to one offense in connection with Monday’s riots
The couple were initially charged with knowingly entering or staying in a prohibited building or property without legal authority; disorderly and disruptive behavior in a prohibited building or area; disorderly conduct on Capitol grounds; and parade, protest or picket lines inside a Capitol building, according to recently unsealed court documents.
However, the plea deal with the government reduced their charges to a single count.
Her indictment came months after her husband Zachary suffered the same fate.
An anonymous tip to the FBI revealed her husband in the office of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi. In a now-deleted Facebook post, Zachary was seen responding to a comment that he was in the US Capitol building.
In the post, his friend asked, “Did you go inside the main building?”
Her husband Zachary was arrested after an anonymous tip came in on a now-deleted Facebook where he tagged his wife and claimed to be the “first” in the Capitol
The post garnered an interview with the FBI. Zachary was said to have an additional interview two days after the couple were visited by the FBI at their home in Springfield, Missouri
Kelsey is a first grade teacher who said she thought she would lose her job once her arrest was made public, court documents say. The school has since confirmed that she is no longer employed
Zachary had replied, ‘In first!!!! The first thing we found was Pelosi’s office.’
The FBI interviewed the couple at their home on Jan. 18, documents report. Zachary had a second interview with officers two days later, where he claimed his wife was not with him, according to the report Kansas City Star.
The FBI later received surveillance footage on January 23, and Zachary was charged and arrested at his home on February 12.
According to court documents, the FBI received more surveillance footage of the couple on the property on Feb. 22, but Kelsey didn’t turn himself in until six months later.
The impeachment documents do not indicate why the FBI took so long to indict Kelsey.
But the mother of two thinks her first grade teacher job will be terminated after her arrest, according to the Kansas City Star. She only started school in July.
“The defendant has stated that she is a first-grade teacher,” the court documents said, “and believes her employment will be terminated after her arrest.
The January 6 riots saw an overwhelming crowd of people climb the walls of the Capitol and hold Trump signs
Defendants are now being prosecuted. Kelsey is faced with knowingly entering or staying in a prohibited building or property without lawful authority; disorderly and disruptive behavior in a prohibited building or area; disorderly conduct on Capitol grounds; and parade, demonstrate, or picket lines inside a Capitol building, according to court documents
A rioter carried a Confederate flag through the Capitol on January 6. Recently, a “Justice for J6” rally took place in DC, where several hundred rioters gathered to protest against the defendants who were in prison.
The school confirmed that she is no longer employed, according to the Daily Beast.
Recently, a “Justice for J6” rally took place outside the Capitol.
Nearly 700 people were expected to attend the rally. Instead, there turned out to be a few hundred people.
Saturday’s sparsely attended “Justice for J6” rally outnumbered protesters as several hundred protesters gathered in the shadow of the Capitol to show support for the Jan. 6 rioters who stormed it.
A heavy police presence – officers in riot gear, plainclothes police, police on bicycles and horses – awaited the crowd. There were also counter-protesters carrying homemade signs — one of which read “loser,” which was a reference to Donald Trump, the courier said — and “Black Lives Matter” flags. A small group stood on a street corner blaring the song “FTD (F*** Donald Trump).”
Police broke up screaming matches between the two groups, separating people before fighting could break out. There were no reports of violence for fear that the day would culminate in another uprising. A man with a knife was arrested on suspicion of weapons violations, and three others were also taken into police custody during the day.
The rally was intended to protest for the suspects who were in prison and who took part in the January 6 riots.
Authorities have arrested 650 people in connection with the riots and 70 and have pleaded guilty so far.