A girl who was accused of serving to to steal then-Home of Representatives Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s laptop computer through the January 6, 2021, storming of the US Capitol has been sentenced to 3 years in jail on riot-related costs.
Riley June Williams, 23, of Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, was sentenced on Thursday regardless of a jury in November not reaching a verdict on a cost of “aiding and abetting the laptop computer’s theft”.
The jury in November was additionally deadlocked on a cost of obstructing an official continuing, a reference to the protesters’ disruption of Congress, which was assembly to certify President Joe Biden’s 2020 electoral victory when the riot broke out.
As an alternative, Williams was discovered responsible on 4 different counts, together with a felony rely of disruption.
Riley June Williams has been sentenced to jail for her function within the January 6 Capitol riot [Dauphin County Prison via AP Photo]
Prosecutors, in requesting that US District Decide Amy Berman Jackson sentence Williams to seven years and three months in jail, referred to as the convicted girl an “accelerant” who “exacerbated the mayhem”.
“The place others turned again, she pushed ahead,” prosecutors wrote in a courtroom submitting.
Williams’s defence, in the meantime, mentioned that her youth and gender set her apart from nearly all of folks current on January 6.
“In different methods she is just like lots of different January sixth defendants with no prior prison report, that had been caught up with the mob that day, performing on impulse and with out thought to the results of their actions,” the defence wrote.
They requested a one-year jail time period for Williams, who was 22 years outdated on the time of the Capitol assault.
Jackson’s three-year sentence handed down on Thursday additionally included three years of supervised launch and a restitution payment of $2,000, in accordance with the US Lawyer’s Workplace for the District of Columbia.
Prosecutors mentioned Williams was an ardent supporter of the “Groyper” white nationwide motion, led by on-line character Nick Fuentes who infamously dined with Trump and rapper Kanye West, now often called Ye, at Trump’s Mar-a-Lago resort in November 2022.
Prosecutors mentioned Williams grew to become “obsessed” with Fuentes as he pushed unfounded claims of fraud unfold by Trump within the wake of his 2020 election loss.
William’s defence had argued that her political views shouldn’t issue into the sentencing.
However prosecutors detailed how Williams took half in a day of destruction on January 6, after arriving in Washington, DC clad in an “I’m with Groyper” T-shirt.
She attended Trump’s “Cease the Steal” rally earlier than heading to the Capitol the place she entered by way of a Senate Wing Door two minutes after different rioters breached the doorway, prosecutors mentioned.
Contained in the Capitol, she used males sporting helmets and physique armour like a “human battering ram” to interrupt by way of police traces, they mentioned.
In the meantime, in Pelosi’s workplace, she stole a gavel and inspired one other rioter to take a laptop computer from a desk.
“As the opposite rioter later manipulated the laptop computer and its cords, Williams filmed the theft that she had simply commanded and inspired, and additional instructed the rioter, ‘Dude, placed on gloves!’” prosecutors mentioned in courtroom paperwork.
All informed, Williams spent almost 90 minutes contained in the Capitol, prosecutors mentioned.
Earlier than her arrest, prosecutors alleged that Williams additionally destroyed proof, deleting her social media accounts, resetting her iPhone and utilizing software program to wipe her pc.
That was after Williams bragged on-line that she had stolen Pelosi’s gavel, laptop computer and arduous drives and that she “gave the digital units, or tried to present them, to unspecified Russian people”, prosecutors mentioned.
“To this point, neither the laptop computer nor the gavel has been recovered,” they mentioned in a June 2022 courtroom submitting.
About 1,000 folks have been charged with federal crimes associated to the Capitol riot. Greater than 400 have been sentenced, with greater than half of them receiving phrases of imprisonment starting from seven days to 10 years.