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2 Swanton residents sentenced for role in Jan. 6 insurrection

According to court documents, Pettit and Burress were in the initial crowd of rioters who breached the barriers outside of the Capitol building.
Published: Mar. 31, 2022 at 3:47 PM EDT
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TOLEDO, Ohio (WTVG) - Two Swanton residents have been sentenced for their role in the Jan. 6 insurrection in Washington, D.C.

Madison Pettit and Gabriel Burress, a local couple, were both sentenced to 18 months of probation on Thursday on charges of parading, demonstrating, or picketing in the U.S. Capitol. They pleaded guilty in January 2022.

The both were ordered to pay $500 in restitution.

Surveillance footage released by federal officials show the two inside of the capitol.

According to court documents, Pettit and Burress were in the initial crowd of rioters who breached the barriers outside of the Capitol building. Burress allegedly grabbed a metal barrier and moved it back into the crowd away from police officers. Pettit allegedly argues with a woman who prevented them from taking a metal barrier.

Pettit’s text messages from the day of the riot were entered as evidence against them. Pettit allegedly sent a text that disparaged police which read, “stupid ass Capitol police part of the swamp bad cops.” Another text after they left the Capitol said “We already stormed the building and went through it we are back in the car.”

Federal prosecutors sought 14 days incarceration (split sentence for Pettit), 36 months probation, 60 hours of community service and $500 restitution for Burress and Pettit.

Officials said Burress and Pettit traveled with Jodi Wilson and her son, Cole Temple, to the Capitol. The case against Wilson and Temple is pending.

Sentencing is scheduled Thursday for Gabriel Burress and Madison Pettit. Both pleaded guilty...
Sentencing is scheduled Thursday for Gabriel Burress and Madison Pettit. Both pleaded guilty earlier this year to one count each of parading, demonstrating, or picketing in the Capitol building.(Department of Justice)

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