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Iowa woman sentenced to prison for Capitol insurrection participation



Deborah Sandoval of Des Moines (inset) was trying to prevent prosecutors from using this photo, redacted by the government, allegedly showing Sandoval posing with members of the Proud Boys in the weeks before the Jan. 6 riot at the U.S. Capitol. (Photos from U.S. District Court filings.)

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — An Iowa woman, who entered the U.S. Capitol during the Jan. 6, 2021, insurrection was sentenced Monday to five months in prison.

Deborah Sandoval, 56, pleaded guilty in December to entering a restricted building. In exchange for her plea, several other counts were dropped.

Footage from a closed-circuit television camera inside the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6, 2021, allegedly shows Salvador Sandoval Jr. of Iowa, the hooded figure circled in red, assaulting police officers. Sandoval’s mother, Deborah Sandoval, allegedly distributed to others a photo of herself at the Capitol (inset) during the riot. (Photos from U.S. District Court records)

Sandoval and her son, Salvador Sandoval Jr., of Ankeny, were arrested in February 2021. Prosecutors said they were among a mob that broke through police lines and stormed the Capitol, The Des Moines Register reported.

Deborah Sandoval (left) and Salvador Sandoval Jr.

She admitted that before Jan. 6, she posted messages on Facebook about traveling to the event, saying that “if the electors don’t elect we will be forced into civil war.”

Prosecutors said she entered the Capitol through a door that had been forced open and remained in the building for about 24 minutes.

After a two-day trial in December, Salvador Sandoval Jr. was convicted on 12 counts related to the insurrection. He is scheduled to be sentenced Aug. 7.

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