Crest Hill couple sentenced to probation for participating in Jan. 6 Capitol attack – NBC Chicago

A judge on Tuesday sentenced a suburban couple who admitted taking part in the insurrection at the United States Capitol to probation and community service.

U.S. District Judge Amy Berman Jackson sentenced Amy and John Schubert, of Crest Hill, each to 18 months probation and 100 hours of community service, as well as $500 each in restitution and $2,000 in fine for Amy Schubert and $1,500 fine for John Schubert.

The two men were arrested on July 26 after the FBI received a tip on a YouTube video showing a woman inside the Capitol with a jacket bearing the logo of the “Plumbers and Pipefitters Local Union 422 Joliet”, according to the criminal complaint. A search warrant for accounts with a geolocated 815 area code in the Capitol that day yielded six results, and one of the two subscribers was Amy Schubert, investigators said.

Photos and videos on Amy Schubert’s phone showed she and her husband were inside the Capitol, court documents have revealed. She also texted that she was inside the Capitol, that she “had a little run-in with Antifa” and later that she wasn’t sure they should have pictures on Facebook, prosecutors said.

Federal prosecutors noted that the two men entered the Capitol through a shattered window, were followed by camera through the rotunda, the hall of statues and elsewhere, and remained in the building for 34 minutes. Prosecutors also pointed to a video where the Schuberts can be seen singing with the crowd, as well as a photo Amy Schubert took from inside a congressional meeting room.

After reaching a plea deal late last year, Amy and John Schubert expressed their contrition as they appeared before the judge via video link for their sentencing on Tuesday.

“I am guilty,” said John Schubert, adding, “I am ready to pay the price for what I have done.”

As she prepared to impose a sentence, Jackson chastised the couple, saying they made a deliberate choice.

“We’re not talking about exercising First Amendment rights,” she said. “We’re talking about breaking the law.”

Indeed, Jackson noted that the Schuberts were part of what she called the first wave to enter the building.

“It took a large number of people to overcome the police and enter the building,” she noted. “This couldn’t have been accomplished without people like you.”

She chastised the pair for joining in what she called “the will of the mob”.

“Loyalty to a single head of state is not patriotism,” Jackson said. “The Capitol attack threatens one of the most important tenets of democratic government: the peaceful transfer of power.”

And with a nod to events unfolding in Ukraine, Jackson said the assault on the Capitol “damaged our position and our credibility in the world, the credibility that we need this week to stand up to the authoritarianism abroad. And no one will hear us if we don’t do it at home.”

The couple’s sentencing came the same day a Texas man became the first person to be convicted by a jury on charges related to the insurgency.

The Schuberts are two of more than 750 people, including 23 from Illinois, who have been arrested in connection with the attack on the Capitol. Like the Schuberts, more than 200 have since pleaded guilty.

NBC Chicago

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