CHICAGO (CBS) – A couple from the southwestern suburbs of Crest Hill pleaded guilty to misdemeanor charges for their role in the January 6 violation of the United States Capitol on Friday.
John and Amy Schubert have both pleaded guilty to one count of parade, protest or picketing at a Capitol building, and face up to six months in prison and a fine of up to 5,000. $.
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They are expected to be sentenced on February 17.
The Schuberts were arrested on federal charges in July.
According to the charges, the FBI received anonymous information on March 2 regarding a YouTube video titled “The US Capitol Uprising,” showing a woman wearing a black jacket with the text “Local Union of Plumbers and Pipe Fitters 422” on. Joliet IL ”.
The FBI was able to use geolocation data to identify six Google accounts associated with area code 815, where Joliet is located, two of which are female-owned, including Amy Schubert’s Google Account, according to the charges. Officers then located Amy Schubert’s Facebook account and the Illinois Secretary of State’s records, and matched her Facebook photos and her driver’s license photo with the images of the woman in the video.
After obtaining a search warrant for her Google account, authorities were able to confirm that her phone had been sent to the United States Capitol on January 6 and found images and videos on her phone showing her husband, John, at inside the Capitol during the January uprising. 6. Authorities matched these images with photos of John Schubert from his wife’s Facebook account and the photo from his Illinois driver’s license.
A neighbor said the Schuberts had already been the subject of complaints.
“They have put up Trump signs on this public property a number of times, and we have called several times for them to be removed,” the woman said.
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“You know, it’s no surprise that some people were really upset and wanted to go to a rally and then wanted to go and protest,” neighbor Dale Jacobs said.
At least three other people in Illinois have pleaded guilty to federal charges stemming from the U.S. Capitol uprising.
In August Bradley Rukstales, 53, of Inverness, pleaded guilty to his role in the riot.
In an exclusive interview with CBS 2’s Charlie De Mar the day after the Capitol attack, Rukstales admitted he entered the Capitol building during the riot, but insisted that “I didn’t nothing to do with charging anyone or anything.
“I was in the wrong place at the wrong time – and I regret my role in that. That’s all I’m comfortable saying,” he said.
However, federal prosecutors said he picked up a chair at the bottom of a stairwell inside the Capitol and threw it at officers who retreated into the hallway.
Last month Rukstales was sentenced to 30 days in prison.
The Sun-Times reports that two lower-state men – Bruce Harrison and Douglas Wangler – have also pleaded guilty and face sentencing later this month.
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At least 19 Illinoisians are among the hundreds indicted for their role in the insurgency on Capitol Hill, according to published reports.