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Missouri woman seen with Pelosi nameplate pleads guilty in Capitol riot

Emily Hernandez, 22, could face as much as a year in prison. And she was arrested last week in a suspected alcohol-related crash that left one woman dead.

A Missouri woman who was seen holding a broken sign from House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s office during the Jan. 6 riot at the U.S. Capitol pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor charge Monday, according to court records.

Emily Hernandez, 22, pleaded guilty to entering and remaining in a restricted building or grounds, records show.

She was charged soon after the Capitol was attacked by a mob of supporters of then-President Donald Trump on Jan. 6, 2021.

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Emily Hernandez.FBI

Court documents say she was seen smiling and surrounded by other rioters as she held a sign that had hung above Pelosi’s office showing her name and title.

A federal misdemeanor carries up to one year in prison.

Last week, she was arrested in a car crash in Missouri that killed a 32-year-old woman and injured another person, the state highway patrol has said.

Hernandez could face counts of driving while intoxicated resulting in the death of another and driving while intoxicated resulting in serious physical injury, a spokesman for the highway patrol has said.

Franklin County Prosecuting Attorney Matthew Becker says his office is waiting for blood tests to come back before filing charges, NBC affiliate KSDK of St. Louis reported.

The Jan. 5 crash happened as Hernandez was driving the wrong way on eastbound Interstate 44, about an hour southwest of St. Louis, according to a crash report. She collided with a sport-utility vehicle.

Hernandez’s attorney, Ethan Corlija, said that the crash is under investigation and that he hasn’t seen any evidence that his client was impaired.

He said that sentencing guidelines in the Jan. 6 case are between zero and six months in prison, but those are advisory guidelines and a judge will determine sentence.