MIDLAND, TX – The Jenny Cudd saga continues as new details emerge following her arrest by the FBI. Cudd went viral after her social media posts showed her at the riot at the Capitol Building.
Cudd was charged with two misdemeanors entering and remaining on restricted grounds, a class A misdemeanor, and disorderly conduct or violent entry, a class B misdemeanor.
If she is convicted, she could spend up to a year-and-a-half in jail. She could also be required to pay a $100,000 fine.
Another Midlander was also arrested in connection to the attack. Identified as Eliel Rosa, the man faces the same charges as Cudd.
Rosa was granted political asylum after moving to the U.S. from Brazil.
According to Cudd's social media posts, the duo traveled to Washington D.C. and entered the Capitol after the riots begin.
In a short clip from her now-deleted videos, Cudd admits to breaking into Nancy Pelosi's office. Watch the video here: Midland Woman Brags On Facebook She Charged the Capitol
After bragging to her friends on Facebook and faced with potential criminal charges, Cudd changed her story and told local media Antifa had broken through the barriers at the capitol building and assaulted officers before she arrived.
Cudd and Rosa made their first court appearance before U.S. Magistrate Judge Ronald Griffin.
The duo was brought into the courtroom through a rear entrance. They were handcuffed at their wrists and ankles and had chains on their waists connecting to those handcuffs.
Judge Griffin advised Cudd and Rosa would be processed by the U.S. Marshals and released after posting a personal recognizance bond.
As of now, no restrictions have been made placed on where the suspects may travel – but that could change.
Cudd and Rosa will come before U.S. Magistrate Judge G. Michael Harvey in D.C in a virtual session on January 21. At that hearing, they will enter their pleas.
The affidavit containing the DOJ's evidence against the two suspects remains sealed.
Cudd is being represented by two lawyers, Don Flanary of San Antonio, and Marina Medvin, a D.C. criminal defense attorney.
According to Flanary, Cudd will plead not guilty.
“Obviously, they’re serious charges,” said Flanary. “We’re going to look at what the government’s evidence is."
Rosa does not have an attorney and stated he cannot afford one. He claims he has been unemployed since he was granted asylum four years ago.
A GOP state representative called for Cudd's arrest the day after the attack. Rep. Jeff Leach of District 67 posted the following message on Twitter: "You should be arrested and prosecuted, Ms. Cudd. And I’m confident you will be.”
The City of Midland released a short statement on behalf of Mayor Patrick Payton.
“The mayor will reserve any further comment for much later and would encourage us all to reserve any further speculation or judgment on these matters until more is known and the federal authorities progress in their work on this matter,” read the statement.