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Yoga studio owner gets 45 days in jail for Capitol riot involvement

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(GILROY, Calif.) A federal judge sentenced a Gilroy woman to 45 days in jail for her role in the Jan. 6 riot of the U.S. Capitol, according to court records.

Imelda Acosta, whose legal name is Mariposa Castro, ran a yoga studio in the south bay called Mariposa Yoga Studio & Tea Lounge. Castro wrote a letter to the judge apologizing for what she called a "regrettable lapse in judgment (that) has had a negative impact on my family, and all concerned," according to the East Bay Times.

In the letter, she reportedly noted that she wasn't meant to be taken literally when she screamed "this is war" while live-streaming the storming of the U.S. Capitol.

On Jan. 21 of last year, she was charged with illegally picketing inside the U.S. Capitol, itself a federal offense, and pleaded guilty. She is one of five Bay Area residents swept up in this massive prosecution, additional residents from the East Bay were arrested earlier this year in connection with the riot.

Prosecutors initially asked for a 60-day sentence, quoting in part from a video Castro posted while entering the Capitol building in which she reportedly said, "We showed them. We all showed them. Showed this one. War just started ..."

Castro's lawyers rejected this categorization, noting that she is a "quiet, gentle soul" who supports the military, police and firefighters. Her attorneys elaborate that Castro became a supporter of Donald Trump's after they met on the Pebble Beach Golf Course in 2006.

Trump reportedly almost hit her and her husband with a golf ball while on the course when they met.

According to Castro, she went to D.C. to participate in a peaceful protest and, in reflection, she felt she was influenced heavily by the crowd. She called her declaration of war "hyperbole" and noted that she carried a world peace flag throughout the day.

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