Capitol Rioter Apologizes Ahead of First Sentencing

Capitol Rioter Apologizes Ahead of First Sentencing

Ms. Morgan-Lloyd's light penalty, three years of probation, was not only the first punishment handed down against any of the almost 500 people charged in the attack, but is also likely to serve as a bellwether for scores of other rioters who committed no violence on January 6 and were accused of only minor crimes.

An Indiana woman, expected Wednesday to be the first of more than 400 people charged in the Capitol attack to be sentenced, has agreed to plead guilty to a single federal charge, saying movies and books have showed her what life is like for nonwhite people.

In seeking probation for Morgan-Lloyd, prosecutors also noted that she was invited by her hairdresser friend, Dona Sue Bissey, 52, to drive to Washington to hear former President Donald Trump speak.

"I don't want to create the impression that probation is the automatic outcome here, because it's not going to be", Judge Lamberth said. 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.

Prosecutors said in court records, however, that her "storming" of the building was a "serious violation of the law".

Morgan-Lloyd's sentence could indicate there might be variation in other defendants' punishments, depending on the charges against them and their levels of cooperation.

However, she will face no jail time. "We couldn't argue with it", Morgan-Lloyd said in the letter. "For that, I am sorry and take responsibility".

Morgan-Lloyd said she only remained at the Capitol for some 10 minutes and did not herself commit any acts of violence.

"Ms. Shaner also said her client has now seen films like "Burning Tulsa" and read books like "Schindler's List" to learn about "'government policy' toward native Americans, African Americans and European Jews". "People of all colors should feel as safe as I do to walk down the street".

As of Thursday, at least 525 people have been charged over the Capitol riot.

Morgan-Lloyd first came to the attention of authorities in January when she applied for a gun permit just weeks after the riot, and an employee at the local sheriff's office recognized her while processing the application. She made a deal with prosecutors and plead guilty to one count of picketing in the Capitol on June 15, according to court filings. Four other Capitol Hill defendants have pleaded guilty to relatively minor charges, among them a Florida crane operator and a married couple from Virginia.

"Legally, I could give you the six months", Judge Royce Lamberth told Lloyd.

Court officials say 28-year-old Bryan Wayne Ivey of Crossville entered a guilty plea during a virtual hearing in Washington, D.C. district court this morning to illegally demonstrating in the U.S. Capitol back on January 6, 2021.

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