First Person Sentenced for Storming the Capitol Receives Probation

James Marshall
Июня 24, 2021

U.S. District Court Judge Royce Lamberth sentenced Anna Morgan-Lloyd on Wednesday to three years of probation and 120 hours of community service and to pay $500 in restitution after the Donald Trump supporter pleaded guilty to one misdemeanor count of "parading, demonstrating, or picketing in a Capitol Building".

Morgan, 49, of the state of IN, pleaded guilty to one count of parading, demonstrating, or picketing IN a captiol building, the report said on Wednesday.

"I would have never been there if I had known it would turn out that way", she added. She said that she and her friend "were in the first 50 people in". From the outset of the sprawling prosecution that ensued, investigators have sought to treat these suspects differently from those who kicked down doors or shattered windows or who attacked police officers with weapons like ax handles, hockey sticks, flagpoles, bear spray and batons.

She did not face any major charges for her role. "For that, I am sorry and take responsibility". "We couldn't argue with it", Morgan-Lloyd said in the letter.

Prior to sentencing, prosecutors said they found the sentence "appropriate", despite what they called Morgan-Lloyd's initial "ill-considered and misguided commentary", in part because there was no evidence that she preplanned her attack or incited others, and because she worked with investigators, admitted to her actions, and expressed contrition.

In a letter to the judge, the defendant said "It was never my intent to help empower people to act violently".

Shaner said Lloyd had also watched the History Channel's "Burning Tulsa", and read books including "Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee" and "Just Mercy". "People of all colors should feel as safe as I do to walk down the street". Dozens of accused rioters are in early plea discussions, according to prosecutors, with almost a dozen rioters having pleaded guilty to charges so far.

The sentence was decried as a "slap on the wrist" by some calling for stiffer penalties for the 500 people arrested in connection with the January 6 attack, but the judge warned that Ms. Morgan-Lloyd's case was unique.

"To be clear, what the Defendant initially described as "the most exciting day of [her] life" was, in fact, a tragic day for our nation-a day of riotous violence, collective destruction, and criminal conduct by a frenzied and lawless mob", Assistant U.S. Attorney Joshua S. Rothstein said in court.

A 49-year-old grandmother from IN, the first person to be sentenced for charges linked to the January 6 Capitol riots, will get probation, not jail time. She has not yet pleaded guilty, but the judge in her case, Tanya S. Chutkan, suggested in a court filing last month that a plea might be forthcoming. Lamberth said he was giving Lloyd a "break" even though "legally" he could sentence her to six months in prison, the AP reported.

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