FRANKLIN COUNTY, Mo. – A Franklin County woman who pleaded guilty to her involvement in the January 6 Capitol insurrection was sentenced Monday. Her uncle and a Lake St. Louis man also pled guilty.
Emily Hernandez received a 30-day sentence and a year of probation as part of a plea deal. She must also complete 80 hours of community service and pay $500 in restitution.
Hernandez’s legal issues are far from over. She still faces charges for a fatal wrong-way crash on I-44 in January. Investigators said the 22-year-old was drunk when she collided head-on with an SUV, killing the woman behind the wheel.
Hernandez surrendered to federal authorities on Jan. 19, 2021, after she stole part of a sign from the office of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi on January 6. The affidavit said the value of the sign is $870.
Defense attorney Ethan Corlija said Hernandez did not threaten to hurt anyone and was not out to overthrow the government or stop the electoral vote certification.
Meanwhile, two other Missourians were sentenced Monday for their roles in the insurrection.
Hernandez’s uncle, William Merry, pleaded guilty in Jan. 2022 to pleaded guilty one count of theft of government property. He was seen on video holding a piece of the nameplate from Speaker Pelosi’s office. Merry was sentenced to 45 days in jail and nine months of probation. He was must pay back $500 in restitution and serve 80 hours of community service.
The third individual, Paul Westover of Lake St. Louis, was sentenced to 45 days in jail and ordered to pay $500 restitution. He pleaded guity in Dec. 2021 to a charge of parading, demonstrating, or picketing in a Capitol building.