Indiana Woman Is First Person to Be Sentenced in Capitol Riot

Attorney for Capitol rioter tells CNN client is reformed because she has a 'library card'

Attorney for Capitol rioter tells CNN client is reformed because she has a 'library card'

"I was there to support, to show support, for President Trump peacefully, and I'm ashamed that it became a savage display of violence that day", Morgan-Lloyd said during the videoconference hearing before a federal court in Washington on Wednesday.

"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. She said that she and her friend "were in the first 50 people in".

"I would just like to apologize to the court, the American people, and my family", she said in remarks to Judge Royce Lamberth.

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.

At an unusual hearing where she admitted guilt and was immediately sentenced by a judge, the woman, Anna Morgan-Lloyd, expressed remorse for her role in the attack of January 6. Young, 54, is an alleged member of the Oath Keepers who agreed to cooperate with authorities, and pleaded guilty to conspiracy and obstruction of an official proceeding.

In court papers filed last week, prosecutors laid out seven reasons they believed Ms. Morgan-Lloyd should not have to serve time in prison in what could become a checklist of sorts for other minor defendants seeking no prison time.

She did not face any major charges for her role.

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Court documents show investigators were alerted about Ms. Morgan-Lloyd by the Green County Sheriff's Office after an employee reported seeing riot-related social media posts by the Bloomington woman, who had been recognized by the employee as a gun-permit applicant.

In a letter to the judge, the defendant said "It was never my intent to help empower people to act violently". Ms. Morgan-Lloyd also watched "Tulsa Burning", a documentary about the 1921 Tulsa race massacre on the History Channel. "People of all colors should feel as safe as I do to walk down the street".

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.

He has agreed to pay $500 to help fix damages to the Capitol, which has become the standard fine for rioters pleading to misdemeanors.

"That was the most exciting day of my life", she wrote of the event on Facebook. She made a deal with prosecutors and plead guilty to one count of picketing in the Capitol on June 15, according to court filings.

Under a deal with prosecutors, the government dropped three other misdemeanour charges against Morgan-Lloyd as she "did not personally engage in physical violence against law enforcement or destroy any government property".

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