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Kansas man latest from the region to plead guilty in Jan. 6 insurrection

 A photo of Mark Rebegila, 32, at the "Stop the Steal" rally in the Washington, D.C., on Jan. 6. Rebegila would go on to trespass in the Capitol building and take videos and selfies during the insurrection.
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A photo of Mark Rebegila, 32, at the "Stop the Steal" rally in the Washington, D.C., on Jan. 6. Rebegila would go on to trespass in the Capitol building and take videos and selfies during the insurrection.

Mark Rebegila from St. Marys is the third Kansan to plead guilty to charges stemming from the riot.

A St. Marys, Kansas, man pleaded guilty Wednesday to trespassing in the U.S. Capitol and taking selfies during the January 6 insurrection in Washington, D.C.          

Mark Rebegila, 32, faces up to six months in prison and a $5,000 fine for the misdemeanor charge. He was accused of parading, demonstrating or picketing during the insurrection. He is among eight people from Kansas who have been charged — and the third to plead guilty — for their part in the riot.

According to court documents, Rebegila traveled from his home in Kansas ahead of Jan. 6 with several unnamed people who planned to attend the “Stop the Steal” rally protesting the presidential election results.

During the insurrection, he entered Capitol Grounds with a flag zip-tied to a piece of plastic pipe, trespassed in offices and took selfies.

Rebeglia asked a police officer if he could enter the Capitol, according to the FBI, to which the officer shrugged.

Rebegila took video inside the Capitol but later deleted it because he did not want to get in trouble, the FBI said. Ultimately, the FBI received a tip that identified Rebegila.

According to the Kansas City Star, two women from Leavenworth who attended the protest turned riot pleaded guilty in September and are scheduled to be sentenced this month.

Three of the Kansans charged are members of the Proud Boys, a group known for espousing white nationalist and other extremist rhetoric.

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Kavahn Mansouri