A suburban Dallas real estate agent who bragged about her involvement in the January 6 riots outside the US Capitol on social media and then bragged that she would not go to jail because she is white, she has blonde hair and a good job was sentenced on Thursday. up to two months behind bars.
While some rioters convicted of the same misdemeanor received only probation or house sentences, prosecutors pressed jail for Jennifer Lee Ryan of Frisco, Texas, claiming that she had shown a lack of sincerity and remorse in her actions when a crowd supporting Trump attacked the city. Capitol Building and deferred Congressional certification of Joe Biden’s Electoral College victory.
They also stated that Ryan’s belief that she is protected from punishment shows that she does not understand the seriousness of her crime.
Ryan faced no felony for her more serious behavior, but U.S. District Judge Christopher Cooper said she was still among the crowd that surpassed the police in an attack that killed five people and would have a lasting impact on government agencies.
Although Ryan said he regretted her actions, Cooper wondered if she regretted and respected the law.
“Your actions after January 6 make me question some of these things,” the judge said.
Prosecutors said Ryan flew to Washington on a plane chartered by a Facebook friend, described Trump’s rally ahead of the riots as a prelude to war, broadcast her entrance to the building live when the alarm sounded, participated in the Battle for Trump chant, wrote in A tweeted photo of herself next to broken windows outside the Capitol and later said she earned a medal for what she did.
Her lawyer responded that she had only been in the building for two minutes, had not used violence, and had the First Amendment right to speak up on social media.
The judge then referred to Ryan’s March 26 tweet in which she wrote, “Definitely not going to jail. Sorry, I have blonde hair, white skin, a great job, a great future, and I’m not going to go to jail. Sorry to rain on your hater parade. I haven’t done anything wrong. “
In a letter to the judge, Ryan denied that he believed she was not punished, stating that she responded to people who made fun of her appearance and urged her to be imprisoned. She said that her lawyer told her at the time that the prosecutor’s office would recommend a suspended sentence.
“I was attacked and I answered them,” Ryan said in court.
She became the 10th person charged with the January 6 attack and sentenced to prison. More than 650 people were held accountable for their actions at the Capitol.
Prosecutors have said that Ryan has since downplayed the violence in the Capitol and falsely claims to the probation authorities that she did not know about the riot until she arrived at the Capitol, although she was recording in a hotel room watching news of the insurgent rebels. walls of the Capitol.
In the aftermath of the riots, Ryan said she faced backlash, which included death threats, public screams and graffiti on her real estate signs. She said that she had to change her name and change in public.
Ryan tweeted a photo of herself next to the broken windows, in which she holds her fingers in the form of a V, with the caption: “Window in the capital. And if the news doesn’t stop lying about us, next time we will tackle their studios … ”
Soon after, Ryan posted another tweet that the crowd damaged equipment belonging to news organizations, including the Associated Press. She tweeted that it was a “cool moment” that the rioters “came to town in AP equipment.”
Ryan is expected to begin serving his sentence in January.
Also on Thursday, the Air Force veteran was sentenced to three years probation for violating the Capitol and taking photos and videos in the rotunda for about 10 minutes.
Jonathan Ace Sanders, 61, of Vincennes, Indiana, served 20 years in the military and was awarded the Purple Heart, but said he failed his training on January 6.
“I was not deceived, I was not pushed, it was my failure … I am truly sorry,” he said.
Sanders is among dozens of veterans and military personnel indicted in connection with the uprising. As in other cases, prosecutors argued that this should mean a harsher sentence for Sanders, because his preparation should have forced him to leave as other rioters attacked Capitol police officers and destroyed the building.
US District Judge Carl Nichols refused to order the two months’ home confinement recommended by the prosecutor’s office. The judge said that Sanders’ military career was a worthy service to his country, but should also keep him from him.
“In my opinion, his services are mutually beneficial,” – said Nichols. “It should have been obvious to him that this was a violent mess.”
Earlier Thursday, a Maryland woman who joined the mafia attack was also given a three-year suspended sentence, including two months of house arrest.
Brittiani Angelina Dillon said her actions in the Capitol were “unforgivable and unacceptable.” Judge Dabney Friedrich said the text messages show Dillon clearly foresaw the violence when she arrived in Washington on January 6, and appears to have intended to do her part to prevent Congress from certifying Biden’s victory.
According to prosecutors, Dillon pushed through the crowd of rebels to approach the entrance to the Capitol, but was pushed back before she could cross the building’s threshold.
The judge said she was worried about statements Dillon made before and after the riots, including her mention of law enforcement officials as “devils.”
“The attack in which she participated was an attack on our state institutions, the rule of law and our democratic process,” Friedrich said. _____ Billo reported from Phoenix and Whitehurst from Salt Lake City. Associated Press reporter Michael Kunzelman contributed from College Park, Maryland.