Husband and Wife From Union County Plead Guilty to Capitol Riot Charges

Lori and Thomas Vinson of Union County were accused of traveling to and entering the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6, 2021.

Posted: Jul 27, 2021 3:56 PM
Updated: Jul 28, 2021 10:33 AM

A Union County couple charged in connection to the Jan. 6 Capitol riot has pleaded guilty to their charges, according to court documents filed Tuesday.

Husband and wife Lori Vinson and Thomas Vinson pleaded guilty to charges of Entering and Remaining in a Restricted Building, Disorderly and Disruptive Conduct in a Restricted Building, Violent Entry and Disorderly Conduct in a Capitol Building, and Parading, Demonstrating, or Picketing in a Capitol Building.

Photo: Lori Vinson speaking with 44News in January

Both waived their right to a jury trial.

As part of their plea agreement, both were ordered to pay $500 in restitution to the Department of Treasury for damage caused at the U.S. Capitol.

The two are scheduled to be sentenced on October 22 at 9:30 a.m.

Lori was formerly a nurse in Evansville but was fired from her job after her alleged involvement in the Capitol riot.

She and her husband Thomas were arrested in Owensboro back in February in connection to the riot.

In a previous one-on-one interview with 44News, Lori claimed she and her husband did nothing wrong.

"In no shape, form, or fashion, were we ever asked to leave," Lori said in a January interview with 44News. "We were never stopped from entering the building."

The court documents filed Tuesday say statements Lori made to local news outlets were reviewed in the case.

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