Nurse: Hospital fired her for admitting entering U.S. Capitol
EVANSVILLE — A Kentucky woman said she was fired from her nursing job at a southwestern Indiana hospital after posting on Facebook that she had entered the U.S. Capitol during the Jan. 6 riots.
Lori Vinson of Morganfield, Kentucky, said she was fired on Jan. 8 by Ascension St. Vincent in Evansville. Vinson said the paperwork states that she was terminated for admitting to engaging in criminal behavior at a high profile event, while her Facebook account revealed her employer.
Vinson told WFIE-TV she walked into the Capitol along with others who had stormed the building and while inside, she recorded videos with her cellphone before posting about her experience on Facebook.
She said she did not take part in the violence.
“I participated in none of that. I would never participate in that,” Vinson said.
Vinson said she will appeal her termination.
Ascension St. Vincent said in a statement that it “cannot comment on specific employment matters.”
After she was fired, Vinson said she was contacted by the FBI about her presence at the Capitol and that after a 10-minute-long conversation, “He said, ‘Thank you, you won’t be hearing from me again.’ ”
Despite her firing and the federal investigator contacting her, Vinson said she has no regrets.
“Because I was there for a peaceful protest and that’s what I was doing,” Vinson said. “I felt like I have done nothing wrong and I wouldn’t change it.”
Bond revoked for NW Indiana man charged in Capitol riots
HAMMOND — A federal magistrate has revoked the bond for a Indiana man awaiting sentencing in a gang-related case after the FBI charged him for allegedly taking part in the Jan. 6 riots at the U.S. Capitol.
U.S. Magistrate Judge Andrew P. Rodovich in Hammond granted the federal government’s motion Thursday to revoke bond for Kash Lee Kelly, 32.
The government’s request came after the FBI charged Kelly with federal charges that include unlawful entry to a restricted area for allegedly joining Donald Trump supporters in storming the Capitol, said U.S. District prosecuting attorney David Nozick.
The federal government had recommended a 51-month sentence for Kelly after he pleaded guilty in a Latin Kings gang case where the Hammond man admitted to distributing narcotics and marijuana.
Rodovich said Kelly now faces up to 10 years additional in prison for committing an offense while on bond, The (Northwest Indiana) Times reported.
According to court filings, Kelly was granted permission to travel to Dallas, Texas, on Jan. 2 for a paid speaking engagement, but he was not granted permission to travel to Washington, D.C. Kelly told The Times that all he did was enter the Capitol, take a photo near a monument and left before the violence erupted.
“I would never be a part of violence. ... I condemn it, and I stand against it,” Kelly said. “If I break the law, I apologize.”
Kelly’s attorney, Joshua Adams, had asked that Kelly be allowed to remain out of jail but detained at home while awaiting sentencing.