Alison Michelle Ernst re-arrested by federal authorities for throwing shoe at Hillary Clinton

LAS VEGAS - Authorities re-arrested a Phoenix woman accused of throwing a shoe at Hillary Rodham Clinton while she gave a convention speech at a Las Vegas Strip resort, an aide to Nevada's U.S. attorney said Tuesday.

Alison Michelle Ernst, 36, was taken into custody late Monday in Phoenix and was scheduled to appear Tuesday before a federal magistrate judge there, said Natalie Collins, a spokeswoman for U.S. Attorney Daniel Bogden.

Federal prosecutors in Las Vegas had obtained an arrest warrant after filing trespassing and violence against a person charges against Ernst on Sunday. The charges increase the possible consequences for Ernst if she is convicted.

She had already been arrested on a local misdemeanor disorderly conduct charge carrying a possible six-month sentence in county jail. She was released by police with a June 24 court date in Las Vegas. Charges weren't immediately filed.

The federal misdemeanor charges accuse Ernst of bypassing security to enter the ballroom where Clinton was speaking and committing a violent act by throwing the shoe.

The shoe missed the former secretary of state, and Ernst surrendered to authorities immediately after the incident Thursday at the Mandalay Bay resort.

If Ernst is convicted of both federal charges, she could face up to two years in federal prison and the possibility that federal authorities would be able to monitor her movements under terms of supervised release.

Ernst hasn't responded to phone messages from The Associated Press, and it wasn't clear if she has a lawyer.

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