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Jan. 6 rioter who bragged that she would not go to jail gets sentenced

Orignally published on 2021-11-04 18:26:58 by www.axios.com

A real estate agent from Frisco, Texas, who participated in the Jan. 6 Capitol riot — and later said on social media that she would not be arrested because she is white, has blond hair and a good job — was sentenced Thursday to two months in prison, AP reports.

Driving the news: Prosecutors alleged that Jennifer Leigh Ryan demonstrated a lack of candor and remorse for her participation in the insurrection and did not understand the seriousness of her crime, per AP.

  • “Your actions since Jan. 6 make me doubt some of those things,” U.S. District Judge Christopher Cooper said of Ryan’s apology.

The big picture: Prosecutors said that Ryan traveled to D.C. on a chartered jet, livestreamed her entry into the Capitol, and posted photos of herself on social media next to broken windows.

  • Ryan’s lawyers argued that she was in the Capitol for two minutes, was not violent and was exercising her First Amendment right to speak on social media.
  • Ryan on March 26 wrote on Twitter: “Definitely not going to jail. Sorry I have blonde hair white skin a great job a great future and I’m not going to jail. Sorry to rain on your hater parade. I did nothing wrong.”
  • Ryan said in court that she was responding to people who called for her arrest. “I was attacked and I was answering them,” she said.

What’s next: Ryan is expected to begin serving her sentence in January.

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Orignally published on 2021-11-04 18:26:58 by www.axios.com

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