WASHINGTON — A Trump supporter who entered the U.S. Capitol through a broken window and declared “this is war” on Jan. 6 was sentenced to 45 days behind bars on Wednesday.

 

Mariposa Castro, also known as Imelda Acosta, went live on Facebook on Jan. 6 when she was at the western front of the Capitol. While atop the inauguration platform, she also entered the Capitol building.

 

U.S. District Judge Reggie B. Walton sentenced Castro on Wednesday morning, saying she appeared “gleeful” and “happy” about what was happening on Jan. 6. He also assessed a $5,000 fine.

 

“I’ve been reading a couple books about how civil war starts, and so much of history is repeating itself in our country,” Walton said. “I love this country, this country has been good to me, and to see what people are trying to do to this country… is just very concerning.”

 

“I don’t glorify my actions,” a tearful Castro told the judge. “I got caught up on the energy, and if I could go back and change things over, I definitely would have brought more peace.”

 

Elita Amato, Castro’s attorney, told the judge that her client “made a bad mistake” by deciding to go to the Capitol, and “got caught up in everything. She should have left,” Amato said. “She had a lapse of judgement.”

 

“War just started. It’s just the beginning. As Trump says, ‘the best is yet to come,’” Castro said in one video. “It was so ugly. It got ugly in there. It got really ugly. I’m literally by myself. They told me not to be on my own, to find a crowd. And I’m by myself. That just shows how brave I am. If I can do this, you guys can do this.”

 

“It’s a civil war,” Castro said in another livestream that evening after she and others in the crowd were driven from the Capitol by law enforcement. “We’re coming. … This is war.”

 

“Ms. Acosta, usually a quiet, gentle soul started getting involved in rallies in her community to support police officers, firefighters and the military during President Trump’s run for election,” her attorney wrote. “The only explanation for her being there is her support of President Trump, her curiosity, the intention to provide a live stream of what she saw, and her then having gotten caught up in the moment.”

 

Castro’s attorney, who was seeking probation for her, wrote that she and her husband “had to move from California due to the loss of employment and income,” and she is “now embarking on a new life which she hopes will return her back to one of peace and tranquility in which she can give back to others.”

 

The FBI has arrested more than 740 people in connection with the Jan. 6 breach.

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