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Iowa mother and son plead not guilty to insurrection charges

Deborah Sandoval and her son Salvador Sandoval Jr. each face multiple charges in connection to the U.S. Capitol riot.

WASHINGTON, D.C., USA — The Iowa mother and son charged in connection to the deadly Jan. 6 insurrection at the U.S. Capitol pleaded not guilty during an arraignment hearing Friday.

A status conference is scheduled with the Washington, D.C. District Court for May 13 at 11:00 a.m. ET.

Deborah Sandoval of Des Moines faces five charges: 

  • Obstruction of an Official Proceeding and Aiding and Abetting
  • Entering and Remaining in a Restricted Building or Grounds
  • Disorderly and Disruptive Conduct in a Restricted Building or Grounds
  • Disorderly Conduct in a Capitol Building
  • Parading, Demonstrating, or Picketing in a Capitol Building Act of Physical Violence in the Capitol Grounds or Buildings

Her son, Salvador Sandoval Jr. of Ankeny, faces 13 charges: 

  • Civil Disorder (x3)
  • Assaulting, Resisting or Impeding Certain Officers (x3)
  • Obstruction of an Official Proceeding and Aiding and Abetting
  • Entering and Remaining in a Restricted Building or Grounds
  • Disorderly and Disruptive Conduct in a Restricted Building or Grounds
  • Engaging in Physical Violence in a Restricted Building or Grounds
  • Disorderly Conduct in a Capitol Building
  • Parading, Demonstrating, or Picketing in a Capitol Building
  • Act of Physical Violence in the Capitol Grounds or Buildings

In the indictment, prosecutors write Salvador "did knowingly, engage in any act of physical violence against any person and property in a restricted building and grounds." 

Credit: WOI
FBI screenshots from the U.S. Capitol's Closed Circuit Television feed show Salvador Sandoval Jr. (L) and Deobrah Sandoval (R) inside the building on Jan. 6, 2021.

The affidavit describes a surveillance video that depicts Salvador pushing two officers with the Metropolitan Police Department and attempting to grab the shield of a third. 

Prosecutors also wrote that Salvador and Deborah "did unlawfully and knowingly enter and remain in a restricted building and grounds."

Read the full indictment below

    

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