Three Things for October 7

Three Things for October 7

1. Proud Boys member pleads guilty to conspiracy 

Jeremy Bertino, member of the far-right Proud Boys, pleaded guilty to seditious conspiracy on Thursday, Oct. 6, for plotting the Jan. 6 attack on the United States Capital. 

Bertino, a former leader of the extremist group, participated in planning the riot to stop the presidential transfer of power. He was not in Washington during the attack, but understood the group was prepared to use force and violence to stop the transfer, according to a statement of offense filed in court.  

“DO NOT GO HOME. WE ARE ON THE CUSP OF SAVING THE CONSTITUTION,” Bertino posted on social media to encourage the rioters.  

In a press release, the United States Department of Justice stated Bertino also pled guilty to illegally possessing a firearm. Bertino could face up to 10 years in prison for the unlawful possession charge, and 20 years in prison for seditious conspiracy. 

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2. Man faces trial for smuggling 3 snakes in his pants 

Calvin Bautista, a New York City native, faces up to 20 years in prison and a fine of $250,000 for allegedly smuggling three pythons in his pants across the U.S.-Canadian border. 

Bautista was arraigned on Tuesday, Oct. 4, for taking three Burmese pythons over the border at the Champlain Port of Entry on July 15, 2018. He was later “released pending a trial before Senior United States District Judge Lawrence E. Kahn” according to the Justice Department. 

The importation of Burmese pythons was banned in America in 2012 by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to halt their spread, as they are an invasive species and “injurious wildlife.” 

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3. Fake heiress that inspired Netflix show “Inventing Anna” fights deportation 

Anna Sorokin, the fake German heiress that inspired Netflix’s “Inventing Anna,” may be released from detention to fight her deportation trial under house arrest. 

Sorokin was convicted of multiple counts of larceny and theft in 2019, after pretending to be a socialite and swindling hotels, banks and friends out of $275,000 in total. Sorkin spent over three years in prison and was released on parole for good behavior in 2021. Shortly after, she was taken into custody by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement. 

The U.S. immigration judge stated on Wednesday, Oct. 5 if Sorokin can post a $10,000 bond, abstain from posting on social media, and supply a residential address for home confinement, she can be released from detention.

“The judge rightfully recognized that Anna is not a danger to the community,” Duncan Levin, Sorokin’s lawyer, said in a written statement. “While there are still a few hurdles to jump through on her release conditions, Anna is thrilled to be getting out so she can focus on appealing her wrongful conviction.” 

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