Gerdings get two years’ probation in connection with entering the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6


This photo of Jason and Christina Gerding was part of the federal prosecution's case against the couple in connection with the January 6 riot at the U.S. Capitol. - U.S. Department of Justice

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. – A Quincy couple received two years’ probation Tuesday on misdemeanor charges stemming from the storming of the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6, 2021.

Christina Gerding and Jason Gerding pleaded guilty to parading, demonstrating and picketing inside the Capitol building. They could have received up to six months in jail and up to $5,000 in fines but received probation as part of a plea deal.

The Gerdings were initially charged with 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; and parading, demonstrating or picketing in a Capitol building. They were arrested in Quincy on Jan. 27, 2021.

On Jan. 6, social media posts depicted Jason and Christina Gerding in “Trump 2020” attire in the Capitol Rotunda, standing in front of the painting entitled the “Declaration of Independence” by John Trumbull. Christina Gerding wrote “Quincy made it inside” and said they did not force their way into the building. “Well since they let us inside; opened the door for us I think I’ll be just fine.”

The Gerdings are two of more than 30 Illinois residents who were charged in connection with the Jan. 6 riot.

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