Alabama woman pleads guilty in January riots at U.S. Capitol
An Alabama woman pleaded guilty Thursday to her role in the Jan.6 offense on the United States Capitol.
Kari Dawn Kelley, a 40-year-old claims adjuster from Mobile, has been charged with illegally entering a restricted building and driving disorderly.
Kelley has pleaded guilty to marching, demonstrating or picketing a Capitol building, according to courthousenews.com. She faces up to six months in prison.
Kelly was part of the crowd who forced their way into the building as the joint session of Congress was underway to certify the Electoral College’s vote count.
The federal complaint against Kelley was filed under seal on February 10 and was subsequently made public. She was arrested in Mobile in February and appeared before Federal Judge Bert Milling.
According to the criminal complaint filed against her, the FBI learned on January 21 that Kelley had been inside the Capitol. Kelly was seen in footage climbing through an open window and was present in the Senate wing of the building.
The timestamp of the footage was 2:56 pm It showed her in a ponytail, a cream colored scarf and an Adidas hoodie. Kelly was seen recording the events on her cell phone. The FBI said they verified Kelley’s identity by checking the database.
More than 150 people have now pleaded guilty for their role in the January 6 riot on Capitol Hill, out of the roughly 700 people who have been charged.
Kelley is expected to be sentenced on March 17.