Joshua and Kelly Ziminski gained notoriety when they were captured often on video rioting during the Kenosha Riots on August 25, 2020. The day was made infamous by the murder trial of teenager Kyle Rittenhouse.
Joshua fired a pistol just before Rittenhouse fired his gun, shooting and killing Joseph Rosenbaum in self-defense. The couple have now finally faced charges for their crime spree together. Kenosha County Eye reports the duo is being held for:
Both Joshua and Kelly
Felony Armed Robbery
Felony Armed Burglary
Felony False Imprisonment
Felony Intimidation of Victim
Felony ID Theft
Kelly pleaded guilty to Obstructing an Officer and Failure to Comply with Emergency Management Order of Local Government, both misdemeanors. Joshua is currently out on bond for Arson (Felony), Disorderly Conduct / Use of a Dangerous Weapon (Misdemeanor), and Obstructing an officer for his role in the rioting and lighting a trailer on fire.
The Kenosha County Eye details the background of the criminal couple:
Progressive Kenosha District Attorney Michael Graveley waited over 5 months to charge Ziminski, only after community push-back. Even still, many thought Ziminski was charged too softly. Ziminski was initially held on a low, $1,000 cash bond, but Judge Schroeder raised it to $13,000 on January 31st. Ziminski was scheduled to go to trial this day, but was accused of intimidating a witness in the case, Kenosha freelance photographer Nathan Debruin. Progressive Prosecutor Zeke Wiedenfeld of Walworth County declined to charge Ziminski. Ziminski was able to post bond and was free until Monday evening when he was booked into the Kenosha County Jail for an alleged
Lieutenant John DeMario with the Kenosha Police Detective Bureau confirmed with KCE the charges that are being referred to the DA’s office. Demario said he cannot divulge specifics because the case is still considered an open investigation. Both Ziminskis are expected to be in court tomorrow at 1:00pm for their initial appearances. At this time we will obtain the charging document that will give details about the couple’s alleged crimes. KCE will be there.
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Questions loomed as Speaker Johnson left the chamber, his silence leaving the fate of the ongoing government spending battle uncertain. According to reports from Fox News, Democratic Rep. Steny Hoyer emphasized the non-partisan nature of the decision, asserting that members concluded Santos had tarnished the House’s reputation and was unfit for representation.
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