A Texas real estate agent who bragged after January 6 that as a white blonde she would not go to jail for being involved in an attack on the US Capitol by supporters of Trump was sentenced Thursday to two months in prison.
It was one of the harshest punishments applied to a Capitol participant who was found guilty of only minor offenses to date.
“For better or worse, you became one of the faces on January 6,” said 50-year-old Jenna Ryan, US District Judge Christopher R. Cooper of Washington, DC. interviews and Twitter. Because of this notoriety, Cooper said, people will view her verdict as evidence of “how our country reacted to what happened.”
He continued, “I think the verdict should tell them that we take this seriously, that this was an attack on our democracy … and that it should never happen again.”
After sentencing Ryan to 60 days in prison, he cited her apparent lack of remorse for her behavior, as well as her decision to join the Mafia not immediately after President Donald Trump’s rally this morning, but after she returned to her hotel and watched television footage. … crowd besieging the Capitol.
In August, Ryan pleaded guilty to one count of parade, demonstration, or picketing at the Capitol.
“You have been very outspoken about your feelings of shame or guilt,” Cooper said. “You suggested that the antifa was somehow involved. And perhaps best known, you said that because you have blonde hair and white skin, you will not be sent to jail. “
He was referring to a tweet Ryan posted in March: “Sorry, I have blonde hair, white skin, great job, great future, and I’m not going to jail … I haven’t done anything wrong.”
In a letter to the court, Ryan said that at the time she “tried to maintain my dignity in front of the crowd of haters who persecuted me mercilessly through social media, phone and email,” and that conversations with her lawyer made her believe that was wrong. that she will receive a suspended sentence.
“I don’t feel like I’m immune to punishment because of my appearance and social status,” she said. “My true feelings are not always displayed on my public social network. Most of my inner world is kept inside. ”
Ryan is allowed to appear in January to serve his sentence.
After leaving court, she told WUSA9 that she learned that “if you tweet, you will go to jail.”
In earlier interviews and media tweets, Ryan called the persecution a “witch hunt” and said she “did something honorable,” suggesting that any violence was perpetrated by anti-fascists or the FBI.
In court, she said, “I made a mistake and I’m sorry.”
She stressed that she had only been in the building for a few minutes and said that she did not use violence. She also said that she had not seen any aggressive behavior.
Assistant U.S. Attorney Karen Rochlin called the claim misleading and self-serving, however, citing Ryan’s social media posts that day.
Ryan recorded how she “goes to war” and is ready to “storm the Capitol.” According to Rokhlin, she quickly left the building only because she could not stand the tear gas, and then continued to film others entering and shouting: “We will fight to the death!” and “Hang Mike Pence!”
“Even after her own departure, she seems to be encouraging, promoting, approving, if you will, the efforts of the crowd to push through, to get inside,” Rokhlin said. “Even if she didn’t expect this kind of violence, she celebrated it, she broadcast it.”
“It is clear that you knew this was no ordinary peaceful protest,” he said. “You joined a large group of people who, in their own words, set out to storm the Capitol.”