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Woman, daughter sentenced in US Capitol breach

AP – A Connecticut woman who stormed the United States (US) Capitol during the January 2021 insurrection was sentenced on Friday to five weekends in jail, 60 days of home confinement and a USD2,500 fine, while her daughter will serve 90 days of home confinement.

Jean Lavin, 57, and her daughter, Carla Krzywicki, 20, appeared at separate sentencing hearings before a federal judge in Washington. Both pleaded guilty in January to a misdemeanour charge of parading, demonstrating or picketing in a Capitol building.

Chief US District Judge Beryl Howell also said they will serve three years of probation and pay restitution of USD500 apiece to the Architect of the Capitol, to help pay for the nearly USD1.5 million in damage done to the building by supporters of former US President Donald Trump who tried to stop Congress from certifying Joe Biden’s election victory.

The women were arrested in September after an unidentified tipster told the FBI that Krzywicki posted photos on Facebook of herself and her mother outside the Capitol and of the scene inside the building, according to court documents.

Krzywicki said in a previous court hearing that she removed the photos after realising the seriousness of the situation.