Nearly a year following the infamous January 6th Capitol insurrection, as the first anniversary of that fateful day rapidly approaches, we’ve recently begun to truly reap the pleasure of watching as the individuals in participated in the violent, criminal siege are held accountable for their sins.
Just yesterday, we reported on one wealthy Beverly Hills business owner turned Capitol insurrectionist whose life is now in complete and utter shambles thanks to her participation in the violent attack. And she’s not alone.
A recent report from Business Insider tells the story of Gary Edwards — a Churchville, Pennsylvania, who was present at the Capitol attack and, thanks to a social media post from his very own wife, just recently found himself sentenced for what he’s done.
On Monday, Edwards found himself sentenced to a year of probation, as well as ordered to pay a $2,500 fine and $500 in restitution in connection to his role in the Capitol insurrection, per court filings reviewed by Insider. But to make matters just a little worse for the insurrectionist, it was his very own wife’s out-of-touch Facebook post that helped lead to his arrest and ultimate sentencing.
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Back in May, Edwards was arrested for his role in the riot, after investigators used screenshots from his own wife’s Facebook post, that were submitted to the FBI via an anonymous tipster, and detailed Edwards’ alleged action while inside the government building.
Prosecutors noted at the time that Gary was captured on surveillance footage inside the Capitol, but his wife’s public social media description of her husband’s participation in the event helped to seal the deal.
Feiler Edwards wrote in a Facebook post, “Okay ladies let me tell you what happened as my husband was there inside the Capitol Rotunda,” according to an FBI affidavit.
Feiler’s post goes in to describe, in great detail, almost step-by-step actions that her husband took while inside the Capitol building.
Speaking at her husband’s recent sentencing, Feiler told the judge on the case that she was speaking “off the cuff” in her now-deleted Facebook post that was meant for her friends, per a report from The Philadelphia Inquirer.
“Never in my life could I have dreamed that something I posted on Facebook would be used against my husband, would lead him to be arrested,” the Inquirer reports Edwards’ wife said in court.
Gary’s wife goes on to claim that it was only later that she watched footage of the riot from the New York Times “in horror” and reportedly said she wishes she had been with her husband in D.C. on that fateful day.
“In our relationship, I am the one who is much more observant and alert to my surroundings.”
Edwards pleaded guilty to his charges stemming from his participation in the riot in September.
The FBI has relied heavily on social media to help track down individuals who helped participate in the riot — because apparently, Trump supporters don’t know how to keep their mouths shut when they commit a crime.
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