Texas florist Jenny Cudd pleads guilty to riot charge on Capitol Hill

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Cudd pleaded guilty to one count of Class “A” misdemeanor entering or staying in a restricted building. She faces up to 12 months in prison.

WASHINGTON – A Texas florist who told reporters she would “absolutely” storm the U.S. Capitol again after Jan.6 appeared before a federal judge on Wednesday afternoon to enter the 100th guilty plea in the investigation into the Capitol riots.

Jenny Cudd, from Midland, Texas, was pictured wearing a Donald Trump flag for the president as a cape as she joined a crowd that entered the Capitol Rotunda during a joint session of Congress on the 6th January.

In Facebook posts on January 6, Cudd said he joined other rioters who “pushed, pushed and pushed” their way to the Capitol after learning that former Vice President Mike Pence was not going. not overturn the 2020 presidential election. In an interview with WUSA9’s sister station, NewsWest 9 two days after the riot, Cudd again stated that “we, the Patriots, stormed the United States Capitol. United ”and that“ Yes, I would absolutely do it again. “

“Hell yeah, I’m proud of my actions,” Cudd said in another video, posted to Facebook.

Cudd’s unapologetic public statements – and a request in February to go on vacation to Mexico, which U.S. District Judge Trevor McFadden granted – made her one of the most recognizable early defendants in the investigation into the riots on the Capitol despite the absence of allegations that she had committed violence. In March, her attorney, Marina Medvin, argued that the publicity around Cudd and others accused of the Capitol riots, as well as, she said, DC’s culture of ‘canceling’ the Tories, warranted a change of place. McFadden defeated this motion.

In July, Cudd’s co-accused, Eliel Rosa – a civics teacher from Texas who traveled with her to Washington on January 6 – pleaded guilty to a class “B” misdemeanor counting as parade, protest or picket line. He was sentenced to 12 months probation on Tuesday and, as an asylum in the United States, could face additional hurdles due to his conviction if he chooses to apply for citizenship.

After Rosa’s hearing, the Justice Department filed a petition with the court asking that a scheduled status hearing for Cudd on Wednesday be converted to a plea hearing.

In a short hearing before McFadden on Wednesday afternoon, Cudd pleaded guilty to one count of class “A” misdemeanor entering or remaining in a building or restricted land without legal authorization. She faces a maximum sentence of 12 months in prison and a sentence directive of 0 to 6 months in prison. Her attorney, Medvin, said she did not believe that a possible upward improvement for a terrorism offense mentioned in the plea agreement was applicable in Cudd’s case since she accepted a tort-only plea. .

Cudd’s plea marked the 100th defendant to accept guilt in the Jan.6 storming of the United States Capitol. Those plea deals on Wednesday included 15 felony pleas – including four members of the Oath Keepers militia who admitted to a plot to disrupt the joint session of Congress – and 85 tort-only pleas.

Cudd will be sentenced in person in McFadden’s courtroom in Washington on March 18, 2022.

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