Mariposa Castro Gets 45 Days in Jail for Declaring 'War' at Capitol Riot

A California woman who declared "this is war" while participating in last year's U.S. Capitol riot was sentenced to 45 days in jail.

Mariposa Castro, also known as Imelda Acosta, was sentenced Wednesday by U.S. District Judge Reggie Walton. She also received a $5,000 fine from the judge, who said the January 6 attack had "totally undermined" the peaceful transfer of presidential power, NBC News reported.

Castro is one of the more than 725 people who have been arrested and one of approximately 165 people who have pleaded guilty for their roles in the January 6 riot. Castro implicated herself by posting photos, videos and posts on her social media from the Capitol during the assault, according to court records. Castro pleaded guilty to one misdemeanor count of demonstrating inside the federal building.

Castro, her husband and another person had flown to Washington, D.C., the day before the riot with plans to attend a pro–Donald Trump rally near the Ellipse. After the rally, the trio returned to their hotel room, where they saw the news about the unfolding attack on the Capitol. Shortly afterward, Castro headed to the federal building alone.

"Partly out of curiosity, partly because she wanted to live-stream for others to see what was occurring, she decided to leave the comfort of the hotel, and walk to the Capitol," her attorney wrote. "Now of course she greatly regrets this decision."

Throughout the day, Castro posted videos on her Facebook account showing the riot from inside the building and outside on restricted grounds. One video shows her climbing through a broken window, using the platform located at the lower west terrace of the Capitol, according to court records.

As she was entering the Capitol, she could be heard saying, "I'm going in. I'm going in the Capitol. We're in! We're inside the Capitol house. We got inside the Capitol," according to the court records.

In another video posted to Facebook, she could be heard saying "we're coming" and "this is war" after an unknown person declared that "traitors will be shot," according to the complaint.

​​"I don't glorify my actions," Castro told the judge, according to NBC News. "I got caught up on the energy, and if I could go back and change things over, I definitely would have brought more peace."

Castro's attorney, Elita Amato, said that she "got caught up in the moment" on January 6, had a "lapse of judgment" and that the things Castro said were "uncharacteristic of her." However, the judge told Castro she "seemed to be all in" during the riot, although Castro said that "dark energy forces" had "sucked" her in, NBC News reported.

In a memo, Amato wrote that Castro and her husband had "almost got hit by a golf ball" by another player during a trip to California's Pebble Beach. The other player turned out to be Trump. Castro said the interaction gave her a "positive image" of him, and she supported him when he ran for president.

Update 02/23/22, 12:31 p.m. ET: This story was updated with additional information and background.

Capitol Rioter Sentenced to Jail
A Donald Trump supporter who entered the U.S. Capitol through a broken window on January 6, 2021, was sentenced to 45 days behind bars on Wednesday. Mandel Ngan/ AFP/Getty Images