Mathews residents Doug Sweet and Cindy Fitchett, who were arrested in Washington, D.C., on Jan. 6 and charged with offenses related to the invasion of the U.S. Capitol, have reached plea agreements with the federal government, pleading guilty to one count each and waiving their right to trial and appeal. The agreements, dated June 16, were filed on Tuesday in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia.
A virtual sentencing hearing for the two defendants has been set for 2 p.m. on Nov. 9 before Judge Carl J. Nichols. Both remain free on personal cognizance bonds until that date.
Both defendants agreed to plead guilty to Count Four of the amended Information, which charged them with “Parading, Demonstrating, or Picketing in a Capitol Building, in violation of Title 40, United States Code, Section 5104(e)(2)(G). The charge is a class B misdemeanor.
The charge carries a maximum sentence of six months of imprisonment, a fine of not more than $5,000, and restitution of $5...
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