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Former Connecticut Mayoral Candidate Pleads Guilty to Capitol Breach Charge

January 6, 2021, U.S. Capitol Riot (Photo: abc7NY)
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Gino DiGiovanni Jr., right, and his attorney, Martin Minnella, leave the New Haven federal courthouse on August 15, 2023. DiGiovanni, a former Connecticut city councilman who won a Republican primary for mayor while facing charges for invading the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6, 2021, pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor on Friday, Jan. 12, 2024. (Photo: AP)

Gino DiGiovanni Jr. Enters Plea for Trespassing During Jan. 6 Capitol Storming

Gino DiGiovanni Jr., a former Connecticut city alderman who won a Republican race for mayor despite being charged with January 6, 2021, U.S. Capitol storming, has pled guilty to a misdemeanor. DiGiovanni, who lost the Derby mayor election in November, consented to trespassing in a restricted structure or grounds during a federal court videoconference. The April 15 sentencing could result in six months in prison under federal standards.

His lawyer, Martin Minnella, said the plea deal fairly settled the case and that DiGiovanni’s actions that day were non-violent. Minnella said DiGiovanni entered the Capitol without breaking the doors because police were holding them open. The situation was serious, but Minnella stressed that DiGiovanni’s involvement was an aberration in his life, offering hope for a positive outcome.

Additionally, DiGiovanni stated that he did not attempt to incite rebellion while at the Trump event that day. Others backing former President Donald Trump rushed the Capitol to block Joe Biden’s presidential election certification. Over 900 Capitol riot-related federal defendants have pleaded guilty or been convicted as part of the consequences. Nearly two-thirds of the 750 rioters sentenced have been imprisoned.

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Despite his August arrest, DiGiovanni won the Republican primary for Derby mayor in September, losing to a Democrat in November. This turn of events illustrates the complex Capitol breach aftermath, showing legal liability and political tensions. DiGiovanni’s story shows how the extraordinary occurrences affected people and their goals.

Gino DiGiovanni Jr.’s legal actions illustrate the widespread consequences of the Jan. 6 Capitol hack, including legal, political, and social repercussions.

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