An Indiana woman dodged a prison term for collaborating in the Jan. 6 Capitol riot at a federal sentencing listening to on Wednesday, the first punishment handed out by a decide associated to the rebellion.
Anna Morgan Lloyd, 49, was sentenced to 3 years of probation by a federal decide Wednesday. She was additionally ordered to carry out 120 hours of neighborhood service and pay $500 in restitution after pleading responsible to a single misdemeanor of unlawfully coming into the Capitol.
After partaking in the riot, Lloyd wrote on Facebook that Jan 6. was the “best day ever.”
In court docket, an tearful Lloyd apologized to the decide and her household, claiming she went to Washington to peacefully present assist for former President Trump’s false claims of election fraud.
“I’m ashamed that it became a savage display of violence that day. And I would have never been there if I had a clue it was going to turn out that way,” Lloyd mentioned in court docket.
“It was never my intent to be a part of anything that’s so disgraceful to our American people.”
Prosecutors famous Lloyd didn’t have interaction in violence or destruction in the Capitol, and wasn’t concerned in coordinating the breach. Lloyd rode along with her hairdresser to DC to listen to Trump converse, her lawyer claimed.
US District Court Judge Royce Lamberth mentioned he gave Lloyd a “break,” however mentioned probation wouldn’t be the norm for the greater than 500 other rioters going through federal costs.
“Legally, I could give you the six months, but is that really what we want our judiciary to do?” Lamberth requested Lloyd, whereas explaining he struggled with handing down her sentence.
“This wasn’t a peaceful demonstration the way it turned out. It was not an accident,” he mentioned. “It was intended to and brought a halt to the very functioning of our government.”
The decide additionally used his platform to say he was “especially troubled” by GOP lawmakers who’ve downplayed the incident.
“I don’t know what planet they were on, but there were millions of people in this country that saw what happened on Jan. 6 and that saw what you saw and what you just described: a disgrace to our country,” Lamberth mentioned.
Lloyd, a registered Democrat, mentioned she and her husband started supporting Trump in 2016 as a result of “he was standing up for what we believe in.”
In a letter to the decide, Lloyd famous that she’s been watching motion pictures like “Schindler’s List” and studying books like Bryan Stevenson’s “Just Mercy,” to teach herself about oppression.
“I’ve lived a sheltered life and truly haven’t experienced life the way many have,” Lloyd wrote. “I’ve learned that even though we live in a wonderful country things still need to improve. People of all colors should feel as safe as I do to walk down the street.”
In one other growth in the huge federal investigation, a member of the Oath Keepers pleaded responsible to 2 counts: conspiracy and obstruction of an official continuing.
Graydon Young’s Wednesday admission was the first responsible plea in the major conspiracy case towards the far-right militia group, which is accused of conspiring to dam Congress from certifying President Biden’s election victory. Fifteen different Oath Keepers are charged.
Young, 55, of Florida may face 20 years behind bars, however a decide mentioned a sentence of between 5 1/4 years and 6 1/2 years could be extra applicable beneath federal tips.
Another Oath Keepers member, Jon Ryan Schaffer, pleaded responsible in reference to the riot, however was not charged with conspiracy.
Four different defendants — a Tennessee man, a Maryland man and a Virginia couple — pleaded responsible to unlawfully coming into the Capitol in the previous two weeks.
A lawyer for Jessica Bustle, of Virginia, mentioned she and her husband are “good, decent, hardworking people,” who had been urged to return to Washington by “very powerful people and groups.”
“They are not criminals or insurrectionists or rioters. They were not looking to break laws when they came to DC on the 6th. They violated minor laws on the 6th and they have accepted responsibility and accountability for doing so,” Nabeel Kibria wrote in an e mail to the court docket.
With Post wires