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Gloucester woman accepts plea in Capitol attack

Melody Steele-Smith of Gloucester, who faced multiple charges for entering the U.S. Capitol during the Jan. 6, 2021 attack, has entered into a plea agreement with the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Columbia, pleading guilty only to count two of the indictment that was filed on Feb. 3, 2021.

Count two of the indictment is a charge of “Entering and Remaining in a Restricted Building or Grounds, in violation of 18 U.S.C. 1752(a)(1).” Steele-Smith will be sentenced on that charge in a hearing before Judge Randolph D. Moss on April 4, 2023.

According to a letter sent to Steele-Smith’s public defense attorney by U.S. Attorney Matthew M. Graves, the charge carries a maximum sentence of one year of imprisonment and a fine of up to $100,000.

Steele-Smith agreed to allow law enforcement agents to review her social media accounts for statements and postings made on and around Jan. 6, to be interviewed by agents regarding the events of that day, to submit a financial statemen...

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