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Sound Bites: Former Derby alderman reaches plea deal on Jan. 6 riot charges

Rioters loyal to President Donald Trump at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, Jan. 6, 2021.
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Rioters loyal to President Donald Trump at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, Jan. 6, 2021.

Good morning. A former Derby, Connecticut alderman will plead guilty for his role in the Jan. 6, 2021 insurrection at the U.S. Capitol building.

Gino DiGiovanni Jr. plans to plead guilty to a misdemeanor charge in connection with the riot by supporters of Donald Trump after his electoral defeat. He admitted to entering the Capitol building but says he didn’t commit any violence himself.

After taking part in the insurrection, DiGiovanni was elected as a town alderman in Derby. He then won the Republican mayoral primary, but lost the general election to Democrat Joseph DiMartino

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Eric Warner is a news fellow at WSHU.